Psychologists Michael Kernis and Brian Goldman developed an Authenticity Inventory and determined that there were four key parts of Authenticity.
- Self-awareness: Knowledge of and trust in one’s own motives, emotions, preferences and abilities.
- Unbiased processing: Clarity in evaluating your strengths and your weaknesses without denial or blame.
- Behavior: Acting in ways congruent with your own values and needs, even at the risk of criticism or rejection.
- Relational orientation: Close relationships, which inherently require openness and honesty.
As we are developing your WHY, your Core Values, and your statements, nothing will serve you more fully than the commitment to discovering your authentic self. Who you are, really, when you strip away what society wants you to be. When you take off the mask. When you can admit you took that job for the money because it’s high on your list right now, and it’s worth the discomfort because you value security as well, and the money will provide that.
Do you see how quickly this becomes complex? Do you see how difficult this work can be if we can’t be honest, really honest, with ourselves first?
See you on the journey…
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