I believe ‘We would all thrive if we had the confidence to be our true, authentic selves’.
But what does it mean to be authentic? We hear that acting from a place of authenticity means more balance, better decisions, confidence and contentment. It ultimately creates freedom. Free from second guessing and mind games, free from shoulds and doubt. Free from the boxes we put ourselves in.
And who doesn’t want to be free?
With the confidence to be authentic in all areas of life, anything is possible. But what does it mean and how do we get to be in a place of true authenticity?
I’m often asked about authenticity and how to go about getting it. It is not something you see or touch. It is a feeling of being and acting in line with your own truth.
It is a real practice. A practice of knowing, reviewing, reflecting, realigning. I’m constantly tuning and re-tuning into myself, sensing and checking.
In those moments I feel conflicted between my authentic self and the outside world, I turn to these questions:
> What do I really want to say or do here?
> What am I holding back? What am I not saying or doing?
> What am I afraid will happen if I act from my true self?
> What is the impact on me if I do or say nothing?
If you’re wondering about being more authentic, next time you feel conflicted, notice you’re saying (or have said) something to keep the peace or feel it’s easier to simply agree, reflect on these questions. What do you notice?
Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.