The first rule of authenticity is honesty. If you are dedicated to honoring your authentic self, there are some questions that are essential to ask yourself with regularity and to answer with honesty.
What’s your answer to this question (try not to overthink this—just go with the first thing that arises when you read this):
“What am I not doing right now that, if I started doing, would make the biggest difference in my life?”
To probe further, ask yourself: “Why haven’t I already moved in that direction? What am I afraid will happen if I make room for this in my life? Is that really a valid concern—or an excuse so I don’t have to face my fears?”
Then to pack some real punch, follow up with: “If that change is so important to my life, what one step can I take this week—even a small one—to banish doubt or useless excuses and move in that direction?”
If you’re committed to living your authentic life, you’ll take that step.
For your inspiration in taking the next step…
“He began to have a dim feeling that, to attain his place in the world, he must be himself, and not another.”
—W.E.B. Du Bois