How to Live in this Age of Truth and Authenticity
As time has progressed, our media culture has evolved from highlighting well-groomed representations of the human form to featuring sexier bodies and unattainable perfection with each decade. All the while, these messages have been slyly insinuating what our goals are supposed to be. Now, we are entering an age of truth and authenticity. Thanks to social media newsfeeds and photoshopping fails, we have a window into the lives of others that demonstrate it’s never been a better time to be the real you, because –to put it simply — fake is obvious.
While it’s clear that trying to be someone you are not isn’t fooling anyone, the stifling worry that others are always watching and judging you can prevent meaningful changes from occurring. To fully embrace this transition from the artificial façade you have been tirelessly crafting to the authentic you that incites true accomplishment and inner-peace, here are 4 ways to live your truth:
1. Stop caring what others think. First and foremost, everyone is more focused on themselves than they are on you, so put away that damaging self-talk that warns you to be careful with your choices or you risk ridicule and disappointment.
2. Look to the now for clarity. Concentrating on what is to come too far forward in the future or staring in the rear view mirror at the past will distract you from the now and stunt your inner growth. The present has a lot to teach you about who you truly are underneath it all and how you feel about the “you” that you have been trying to be.
3. Listen to your heart. All you need to know about how to live the truth that is “you” is already inside of you. If you are feeling like a failure, it’s because you have either been going after the wrong goals, living a life someone else created for you or failing to see that another path might be the way to your happiness.
4. Love yourself enough to make a change. Without being authentic, you are doomed to feelings of inadequacy and insecurity that can affect your mental and physical health. Ask yourself if you like who you are and what you are doing. Then, for goodness’ sake, give yourself a break for you have been trying this whole time to be an idealized image of someone or something else. By loving yourself, you can adjust your sights on welcoming the real you, which is guaranteed to be a more fulfilling and effortless way to live.
Going after what you want was never as acceptable as it is today, so take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Is this really me? Do I recognize the person staring back at me? Am I happy?” These are tough questions that will make you feel uneasy and that’s okay. It’s just the beginning, because on this journey of truth you will discover the true you which is more comforting than you might think.
About the Author
Kristyn Haster is a Lifestyle Blogger, Weight Loss Trainer and Self-Confidence Coach living in Boulder, Colorado. As Editor of LiveLethal.com (Crazy Confident You) Blog, she helps woman break out of their shells, gain total confidence and fall in love with life again.