Whether it’s the fear of making mistakes, getting hurt, or being judged, it isn’t always easy to show our authentic side. Nor to express ourselves and act in a forthright manner. Social conventions and the ways we are raised and educated all push us to play a role instead of being simple, direct, and natural. And it’s a shame!
Here are 12 benefits we can all enjoy when we are (a little more) “authentic.”
Loving and accepting ourselves, along with all our strengths and weaknesses.
Being honest with others, but especially with ourselves.
Knowing what is good for us and being able to make the right choices as a result.
Being proud of our differences. As Jean Cocteau said, “What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.”
Being able to say who we really are, sharing our pasts, our values, and our commitments.
Daring to express our joy and anger, and truly experiencing our emotions.
Freeing ourselves from the fear of judgement.
Admitting our right to make mistakes and standing by it. “A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new,” as Albert Einstein once said!
Being appreciated and loved for who we really are.
Creating an atmosphere of trust around ourselves.
Experiencing real, solid, faithful relationships and encounters.
Speaking out and refusing to stay silent to contribute to the progress of causes we believe in.