5 Tips to Authenticity

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

I read this post yesterday. Danielle LaPorte (author of a blog I’ve recently fallen in love with and you should, too) talks about kissing up to your muse and the 5 things you can do to do right by her. And as I read, she (my muse) crept into my head. She played with my hair and whispered in my ear, “Be your authentic you.” So I started thinking. Thinking about these 5 things LaPorte talks about to keep a muse happy. Then I went and tweaked them into 5 things to do right by you. You know…your authentic you.

How to do right by you.

1. Drop everything when you show up.

When are you present? You know when you hear the devil and the angel sitting on your shoulders, but what about when you hear you. The real you. The true you. The authentic you. When you hear her (or him), drop everything. Listen. Be that authentic you.

2. Go looking for you. Dig in.

Think. Write. Speak. Lather, rinse repeat. When you journal your thoughts, you’ll come up with some things you didn’t know were in there. Focus on you, not things. Focus on your likes, what’s important to you, what you find interesting and appealing—focus on the you, and leave the rest behind.

3. Engage you.

You know what you like. When was the last time you did any of that? When was the last time you took a bath with those fancy gels you save for a rainy day? The last time you painted something? Ran like a kid? When was the last time you looked for you in everything you did? You just thought about it, now get out there and do it.

4. Do what You tells you to do.

How much time do you spend doing what everyone else wants to do? The dog wants you to take him to the park. The cat wants you to give her more food. The wife wants you to cook dinner more often. The husband wants you to go to the game with him. The kids want you to take them to practice. Your friends want to go to this restaurant. Your mom wants you to visit more often. But what about what you want? It’s fine to take care of others. But not at the expense of yourself. So go be selfish and do something you want to do, for the simple reason that you want to do it.

5. Be you.

You are you, and nobody else. As you dig into you, as you engage you, and as you do what You tells you to do, be gentle with yourself. You’ve been hiding beneath the surface for a while and may be groggy in being dusted off, and hide from the light. You may be rusty in knowing who you are at all. Put your judgments and frustrations in the toilet and flush. And then get back to you. When you do, you’ll be on a road you only dreamed about being. You’ll be at the intersection of Authentic and You. Go.

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Danielle LaPorte November.2.2009 at 4.12 pm

thanks for the shout out!

Dian Reid November.2.2009 at 5.27 pm

my pleasure =)

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