Off Late, an increasing number of people reach out to me as to how can they find the courage to lead a life which is exciting and not just normal and monotonous.I am glad that even now in this materialistic world, more people are keen to live a life of simplicity with a purpose and passion.
I had chosen to travel this road many years ago and when I look back now, Life is not about being focused with money or an accumulation of things, but living with integrity to self.
Over the last couple of months I have people get in touch with me, who feel that there is something missing in their life. The good part is that they do know that it is possible to get to a life which can be rich, deeply satisfying and meaningful. However when it comes to finding the courage to be themselves they lose direction.
Therefore i will detail below how, this could be possible through my own experience-
Slow down your pace: What I have seen is that most of the people are in such a hurry to run through the day that they forget and miss out on opportunities which will eventually help them to be Authentic. Once you give some space to yourself, then it is just a matter of time before you find answers to some compelling questions.
When you begin to slow down at the conscious level, your thoughts tend to slow down automatically as well. As with all the things begin small, like by stepping out into the open and taking a deep breath to connect with nature. It might sound simple but remember some of the biggest changes and shifts from the inside are as simple as taking a deep breath.
Disconnect one in a while: We all are used to having information at our fingertips, that we do not realise that we are constantly bombarded with things to do, work on and learn/unlearn. Even though this is good for most of the time, it will not for sure help you to listen to your own voice, which is the key to being your authentic self.
I try to disconnect myself from almost everything, for at least an hour every day. This gives me a great opportunity to hear my own voice and sharpen my own authenticity.If one hour sounds a bit too much try for ten minutes to begin with and you will be surprise yourself.
Explore and experiment: Most of the time what stops each one of us from being our own authentic self is being happy of doing the same things again and again. It might be monotonous, but who cares as long as we get through our day. You know that even our muscles stop growing if you keep doing the same exercise repeatedly. The Learning from this is to “explore and experiment” to find your own authentic self.
New ideas and experiences are what keep us fresh and alive. Our authentic selves thrive on them and when we expose ourselves to new things, we have the opportunity to grow. Do not shy away from creating an opportunity to do something new, challenging and if it leads us to fail, so be it.
Inculcate fearlessness: Living without fear is not about being rash but stepping away from a pessimistic mindset & doing the things you have always wanted to do. Fearlessness comes from stepping up and rising to the occasion. This requires courage & bravery and just by showing up, you have won half of the battle in the mind. The rest is to be resilient and not take small failures to heart and use it as a stepping stone to success.
When I walked this journey of being a Life & Wellness Coach I had to overcome the biggest fear of losing out on my corporate job with a guaranteed paycheck at the end of the month. I feel that each one of us has the potential to lead an authentic life. For some it might be just below the surface & for others it might be deep down. At the end of the day it is just a matter of when you can be your authentic self but never if you can…… .
I hope that these words have inspired some of you to live a life of Authenticity. I would love to hear from you and if you would love to add something do feel free to reach out to me at my mail Id firstname.lastname@example.org or on my Face Book Fan page.I will look forward to hear from some of you.