The Path to Authenticity

Our deepest need as humans is to feel seen, heard and valued for who we truly are. - Brené Brown

The Path to Authenticity
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𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧, 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞?

I have asked myself this question quite a lot: If I were my authentic self, would I be taken seriously? Would I be perceived as "too much" or "too laid back"?

The reason many of us hold back from expressing our true selves is because we are in an environment that doesn’t encourage authenticity.

For instance, I used to be all smiley and goofy 😝 ‘cos you know, life is not that deep. Until I realised that my smiley face unfortunately was perceived as a weakness in a certain kind of environment. So, I learned to “bone” 😠 until it became second nature.

We live in a world that often rewards conformity over authenticity, a world that oftentimes interprets authenticity as weakness.

Brené Brown puts it beautifully: our deepest need as humans is to feel seen, heard and valued for who we truly are.

Yet, the fear of being rejected by others often leads us to hide behind masks of perfection or a more acceptable version.

So, how then do we express ourselves authentically despite society's expectations and pressures?

𝐈𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐯𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲!

For the rest of the week, I will be discussing a few powerful strategies that can help us embrace our true selves.

You are a one-of-a-kind human, and you deserve to live fully as who you were designed to be.

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