Authenticity Is A Method of Life

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

“Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.”
~ Burton Hills

Birds of a feather flock together, they say. Happiness and authenticity are all part of the same family of life.

Authenticity isn’t a destination, it’s a method of life

Authenticity isn't a destination, it's a method of life.Authenticity is like happiness; it’s not a place you can go or a thing you can achieve—it’s a way of living, being, honoring life. Like anything you want to do well, authenticity takes practice.

Think about something you’re really good at—amazeballs-good. My thang is running. While I’m not breaking any world records at it, it’s something I’ve gotten better at with practice—so good, in fact, it makes me happy when I run. Your thang may not be running, but maybe it’s yoga or painting or [insert your fabulous, joyous amazeballs-talent].

Now think about how much you practiced to get good at it. Somewhere in all that practice, you probably sneak in a giant cup o happy every now and then, right?

Being authentic doesn’t require nearly the amount of physical training that running [or  your amazeballs-talent] does, but a burning desire to be a more authentic you today than you were yesterday must be present.

The kind of desire that burns from the inside out. Which is exactly how authenticity comes about in your life.

Let your authentic you be your muse.

I often point to awareness, mindfulness, and inspired action as the keys to life and happiness; they’re also the keys to living authentically.

Create awareness around what authenticity means to you. What does it mean to be authentic? When are you already authentic in your life? When do you notice yourself hiding, holding back that authentic you?

Engage in mindfulness around what you want authenticity to look like in your life. How do you want to show up more authentically in your personal relationships? What do you wish were different in those relationships?

Take action inspired by the awareness you’ve created and the mindfulness you’ve engaged in. BE the change you want to see in those relationships. Actively participate in the changes you want to see.

Be intentional in your actions and take full responsibility for those actions. 

Living on purpose means being intentional with your actions. Based on what you’re longing for more of in your life, write down one action you’re committed to being intentional about this week (e.g laughter).

Make a daily effort to be conscious of your actions around this intention. Actively seek out your intentions.

Living on purpose also means taking responsibility for your actions. Own your part in your place in life right now. Forget about blaming anyone—even yourself—and simply acknowledge where you are and the actions and events that brought you here. Then simply be there.

Life isn’t about being right, no matter how much we try to make it so. Whether you’ve been intentional in your actions to this point or not, your actions are your actions. Own that they were yours, let them go, and then move on.

Let your authentic voice be heard, let her burn from the inside out and guide your actions. Trust her—she believes in you.

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