The Art of Being Your Authentic Self

Are you living in alignment with your true self?

Do you see your authentic self in the mirror?

(Nicoleta Ionescu /

Living with authenticity means that your words, actions, and behaviors align with your truth; it's the essence of who you are at your core. Many people sail through life without getting to know who they truly are. But living an authentic life, according to Mind Tools, means that your values and actions are aligned.

But by following these steps, you can live a more meaningful life. Here are seven ways to unleash the art of being your authentic self.
Conduct a self-assessment
Authenticity means living according to your core values. Do you know who you really are? If you answered no to this question, don’t worry, as many people struggle with understanding who they truly are. That’s what self-assessments are for. 

You can begin by digging deep to unleash the answer to these questions: When brightens your spark? What makes your spirit feel dampened?  With these answers, you can outline your core values which present the first step to living as your authentic self. 

Spend moments in silence
When was the last time you sat in silence with your own thoughts and feelings? Living in the present moment and being consciously aware can help you harness positive emotions and improve your psychological well-being, according to research from Mindfulness NY. By doing so, you can grasp clarity of what you are both thinking and feeling, which can guide you toward your authentic self. 

Surround yourself with supportive people
Take a moment to consider the people around you. Are these individuals supportive and caring? If not, you need new friends! But if you are lucky enough to be surrounded by loving and supportive friends, you can be the real you without fear of being judged. 

Your friends have a significant influence on your self-perception, according to a blog on WebMD. Throughout your life, your friends' opinions and responses to you will greatly impact how you view yourself.

You'll become more like your ideal self when surrounded by others who see you as the person you'd like to be because the relationship positively affects you. Negative friends, however, will likely negatively influence your character. So  choose your partner and friends wisely.

Don't be afraid to speak your truth
It is essential to live with integrity, according to Mind Tools, and to speak your truth if you are going to live a life filled with passion, fulfillment, and authenticity. Many people move through life with the fear of speaking up or voicing their truth due to what others may think of their opinion. You’re creating obstacles to living as your authentic self if this is you. 

By practicing some healing meditations to unleash your inner voice, you can stand up for what you believe in. And this doesn’t have to be some grand gesture but even having the confidence to tell others what you like or dislike is enough to express your truth.

Make authentic actions a daily habit
Are you taking actionable steps toward authenticity? To achieve goals, individuals need to develop an action plan, according to study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

If you take a glimpse back to step one, where you outlined your core values, are each of these goals actionable? Do you know which steps you need to take in order to achieve these goals and start living as your authentic self? 

For example, if your core value is to reach that big promotion as work that you have always dreamed of, what are you doing each day in order to achieve this dream? Are you spending more time focusing on your career, or are you getting sidetracked by social distractions and outside noise? Prioritize your goals to start living your truth.

Gain perspective by taking a step back
There may be times when you think you are living as your authentic self, but when it comes down to it, you don’t feel satisfied. Reason being that perhaps you’re stuck on old goals, and these are no longer in alignment with your truth. If that’s the case, try taking a step back to gain a new perspective and get in touch with your core values again. Something may need to change in order for you to get to where you need to be. 

Identify internal and external influences
An aspect of authenticity shows that people accept external influences and believe they are fulfilling other people's expectations rather than doing what they deem important, according to study published in Organizational Psychology. 

Take a look around you and consider what your environment looks like. From the people you surround yourself with to the places you spend your time. How are these influencing you in being your authentic self? Venture inwards and consider what internal influences are playing a part in your authenticity. Now that you have some insights into how to be your authentic self, are you ready to start living an extraordinary life

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