Well, it’s 2017 and a very happy new year to you! I’m well into my 12th year on this blog Unlimited Choice., I say to you something very simple and share an extremely simple message, and that is – Be Authentic!
As I look back over the years and think about when I began this journey, I see clearly how much has changed… wait… let me rephrase that… how much I have changed.
I remember I began this blog to inspire, uplift and coach people, and then I saw what others were doing and I tried to emulate them. I tried very hard to be like my heroes and in that process I lost a little of myself; i’d forgotten how to be authentic.
Don’t get me wrong, I learned plenty, but I spent so long trying to be like others, that I almost forgot what it was like to be myself.
I remember there was one blog I saw, and I tried so hard to be like that blogger. Not only did I try to be like that blogger, inside I was competing with them, instead of running my own race.
It’s not always a bad thing to emulate your heroes, but it should only be to get you started. It’s better to use that as a launchpad to propel yourself into your direction of travel.
So what does it really mean to be authentic and how can you get to that lovely place inside yourself?
First, don’t worry about what anyone else is doing in any given moment. Even if you do come across someone you aspire to be like, or perhaps, they have a level of success which you covet, remember to run your own race. Sure, look at what they’re doing, and how they’re doing it. Model them and and If you’re stuck for ideas, you can always refer to them to be inspired.
Next, you always need to return back to you. Remind yourself of what it is you truly want for yourself and your life. Ask yourself regularly if what you’re doing in that moment is in alignment with your real values and what is most important to you?
Lastly, make a crystal clear picture about who you are and what you are about. Make it as plain as day. Remember though, that picture is never truly complete, as we’re all constantly changing and evolving all the time. Keep working on it as you would if you were studying for exams.
Live your life the way you want to and mould it into the picture you choose it be. While you’re doing all of that, no matter where you are, find the little blessings from those moments, while working to create the picture you want. Enjoy that process, have fun with it, because it’s in that process that you will the real pleasure of lifes little quirks.
So my message to you for 2017 is simple. Even if you have no other resolutions, goals, or ambitions, just be authentic…you will be glad you did!