To be authentic means “We can be true to our own personality, spirit, or character despite external pressures.”  Authenticity is key to a healthy and sustainable relationship.  So why do we struggle with being authentic when there are so many benefits?  “There is risk involved when we put ourselves out there personally and professionally.”

It is no coincidence that mature people make authenticity look easy.  They have more experiences, both good and bad and know being authentic saves time and feelings.

Brene Brown studies authenticity and wrote a book,  The Gifts of Imperfection.  Authenticity involves “the practice of letting go” and “cultivating the ability to be imperfect.” It also involves honest communication.

One piece of advice in striving to be authentic is “Maintain alignment between what you feel and need and what you say and do.”

Great advice.  Let’s embrace who we are today.

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