How many of us are truly flawless people, or living our fairytale life? What does that look like?
Do you compare yourself to other people, or lament what you don’t have?
So what does it take to step into the authentic version of yourself? Here is a 7 day challenge to move you towards living your ideal authentic self.
Know your purpose. Are you wandering through life with little direction – hoping that you’ll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time. This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead end. But there’s always that little loophole to turn things around and you can make a big difference to yourself.
Know your values. What do you value most? Make a list of your top 10 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals for 2021 – check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn’t align with any of your top ten values – you may want to reconsider it or revise it. The number shouldn’t discourage you, instead, it should motivate you to do more than you could ever dream of.
Know your needs. Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Do you have a need to create, to practice self-care, to improve your health, to love or be loved, or achieve or be acknowledged for something? There are so many people in this world who live their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them end up being stressed or depressed. List your top four needs and get them met. It’s never too late!
Know your passions. You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who have inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.
Live from the inside out. Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of us living in urban city environments, it’s hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home. Try to find somewhere in your home and play some classical music. The frequency will soothe you.
Honor your strengths. What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three – if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence when you can share what you know with others.
Serve others. When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose, and giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit – your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done for them.
Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that with endless rewards. The way forward is within ourselves and how much we want to change for the better.