Psychologist Karen Wright LCPC, in Psychology Today, put it this way: “A hunger for authenticity guides us in every age and aspect of life. It drives our explorations of work, relationships, play, and prayer. Teens and twenty-somethings try out friends, fashions, hobbies, jobs, lovers, locations, and living arrangements to see what fits and what’s ‘just not me.’ Mid-lifers deepen commitments to career, community, faith, and family that match their self-images or feel trapped in existences that seem not their own. Elders regard life choices with regret or satisfaction based largely on whether they were ‘true’ to themselves.”
Are you starting to see a pattern here?
Most professionals agree that authenticity is a bedrock of mental health. It affords a feeling of well-being, self-esteem, and purpose. Authentic people can set and achieve goals more easily, destroy their inner critic, and handle the challenges life brings in a healthier way.
As I continued to do interviews with other business owners for this book, the topic of authenticity was a recurring theme. When the interviewees reflected on why they saw success in their business life, it was when they were being one hundred percent themselves that things moved forward with the least resistance.
Where have you found that to be true in your own life?
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