I did not know how to best categorize this because I think that it is one of the most important things in all areas of life. I think that this single item is central to having a solid positive mindset, being successful in your journey of faith, and critical to having a successful business.
I am going to start this exploration with a simple question for you:
How are you doing today?
That simple question is asked of each one of us several times a day. We are faced with it frequently. It is the foundation of more than we realize. So how do you answer that on a regular basis? Do you give an authentic answer, or do you have a pre-programmed response. Are you good every day? Are you alright generally? Or do you answer with authenticity on a regular basis?
I have recently found myself working on how to be authentic to those around me and with myself. This question about my day triggered something as I was walking today. It made me think about whether or not I am always living in complete honesty with myself. So often, the people I am around determined the responses I frequently gave.
With some people, life was always miserable because to them life was always miserable and I wanted to blend in or not have a fantastic day knowing they were struggling.
Other times, I was always ok because life was not great, but not terrible.
Today, I responded to the question about how I am doing, by simply stating. I am stressed but making it. It was an authentic answer. It is a step towards being authentic with others. It was a step in knowing and accepting that I do not have to be someone else or lie about what I am going through.
This opens the door to people having a better understanding of what I am going through.
But the bigger thing that being authentic with others has helped me with, is that I am not lying to myself. I am not putting my life into a negative state of mind by having to have a negative to talk to some people about. It also means that when I am struggling, I don’t have to lie about it. I can be honest and let others know that I, honestly need a little kick in the pants or support.
So I ask you, where are you in your authenticity journey? What do you feel is the key takeaway from being an authentic person?
I will take this idea and throw it into the business world tomorrow. Any thoughts on the importance of being authentic in your business…Leave me a comment on Facebook!