Aiming to live authentically helps create a sense of purpose and fulfillment that’s rooted in recognizing our self-worth. It’s an evolving process throughout our life’s journey deeply connected to what resonates most within our principles, responsibilities, boundaries, words and actions.
What sustains us will adapt and change as we get older or grow through various experiences. Our sense of self and the things that offer contentment and meaning will transform. Every so often, this can lead us to reassess who we are and what we innately value about ourselves.
We’ve likely all felt the mental and emotional shift that comes with the realisation that we’re developing in an alternative direction; creating new layers and finding fresh ways to determine intentional joy. Authenticity isn’t about arriving at nirvana or enlightenment; it’s not an outcome; it’s the practice of revising what defines and sustains us at various key moments of change in our lives.
If we understand transitions properly, however, we can curb our natural tendency to fight against them—a futile battle, given their inevitability. Indeed, with a shift in mindset, we can make transitions into a source of meaning and transcendence. | The Clocklike Regularity of Major Life Changes – The Atlantic
Helping ourselves through this process of retrospection involves asking and answering some questions that lead to a better understanding of who we are becoming. It’s a grounding in reality, which means acknowledging all the parts of us; the good, the bad and the ugly.
Here are ten questions to help build a sense of self-worth and mindfully search for what brings you authenticity and happiness …
- What activities bring you a sense of joy? Do you make time for them in your day-to-day life?
- When do you feel most at peace?
- What core values drive your everyday thoughts and actions? Do they reflect who you are or are they defined by those around you?
- Are you being open and truthful about your fears and struggles? What three steps can you take right now to help you move forward?
- What do you want to let go of because it’s holding you back?
- Do you embrace your imperfections? Think of four ways you challenge an overly critical inner voice.
- How do you practice reciprocity in your everyday life?
- What boundaries are important for you to maintain? How do you make sure those around you respect them?
- What positive habits do you have that nourish your well-being? How do you connect with yourself to make sure you’re listening to your needs?
- At this stage of your life, what is most important to you? What is central to your needs and helps you to thrive?
Life repeatedly pulls us in many directions; societal expectations and comparisons of how a successful life is defined can end up misrepresenting what really matters to us as individuals. This means we can sometimes neglect what expresses our truth; ultimately denying who we are and where we find intention and purpose.
To authentically live life, we have to spend time interacting with all that surrounds us so we can determine what we cherish; embracing differences, being awkward and uncomfortable, and keeping an open mind. If we don’t allow ourselves to experience a curious, exploratory life of acceptance, we will forever remain apprehensive about how and where we fit in.
Is authenticity important to you? What do you do to honour who you are?
6 Ways To Build Your Self-Confidence – VeryWellMind
40 Positive Affirmations To Add To Your Daily Rotation – Oprah Daily