Authenticity…a big word for truth.
Yes! Great, others can count on you to do what you promise!
Now that we’ve established you wouldn’t let anyone else down, let’s take a look at someone to who you may be not be keeping promises. Are you being realistic in the intentions you bend and amend with yourself? Or, do you let yourself down in self-care? Do you recognize how far you’ve come to reach your professional goals instead of beating yourself up for not meeting invisible benchmarks?
I just had a wonderful conversation with a very dear friend who has read my blogs and Facebook posts. She was anxious to hear juicy behind-the-scenes details of all the happenings in my life: new clients on the other side of the continent, clients repeating my online writing series, and the latest on my speaker’s journey. It was so good to hear her voice, and, of course, when she asked how I was doing, my immediate response was pretty automatic.
“I’m doing fine.”
What I wanted to say was:
- I’m still figuring out a new normal due to the ongoing pandemic.
- I’m frustrated that I’m not keeping up with all the plans I’ve made to move my business forward in the last quarter of 2021.
- I anxiously want to connect with the audience I know I’m here to serve.
- I’m feeling alone and isolated that I can’t do the familiar things I love to do to feel nurtured, like have a creative play date with my girlfriends, go to see a play, or out to dinner with my husband.
- I wish I could take a vacation and get away to recharge from day-to-day challenges.
Does that sound familiar? Below the surface, things are a bit different.
After all, you and I are only human and have flaws…feeling tired or frustrated…wanting to know that what you are doing matters.
Deep down, your authenticity is what makes you the best person to deliver your products and services to your clients and customers. Your authenticity is the key to building your relationship with those who need you. You hold the vital key to your authenticity. Just as the farmer plants seeds and waits for them to blossom before harvest, your job is to show up, be patient, and treat everyone (including yourself) with integrity and respect so that those who need your expertise can find you when the time is right.
Whatever you do to be authentic…keep doing it…I promise you that you are authentic. You are the only one who knows how to be authentically you. And go easy on yourself. Curl up with a good book, grab a short snooze, sink into a bubble bath, or take a walk in nature to recharge. It’s hard work being authentic, but so worth it.
I’d love to hear what being authentic means to you. Thank you for sharing!