Authenticity is the purest form of YOU
There's a lot in this world that far from inspires us to live an authentic life. But it is through authenticity that we are truly able to be alive. We have a choice whether to live under the laws written by someone else, or in the clarity of our own discernment.
The guidelines I've set for myself to live an authentic life, of happiness, clarity, and fulfillment are simple.
“Comparison is the thief of joy,” Theodore Roosevelt.
Strive, everyday, to be the best version of yourself. There is no competition other than with the person you were yesterday. No worrying about what this or that person is doing differently, better, or worse. Only consider who you were yesterday, and who you want to be today.
“As you cultivate empathy in your life, the drive or compulsion to judge starts to evaporate,” Rich Roll.
Love yourself, and love others. There's an immense shortage of love in this world. The more the better.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm,” Winston Churchill.
There is no substitute for hard work and faith. There is also no substitute for living your passion. You are closest to fulfilling your purpose when working within your passions. Also, anything is possible with hard work and faith. The Universe wants you to succeed. It has no ill intentions towards anyone, nor good intentions, simply the desire for fulfillment of destiny.
Live Authentic: cultivating authenticity
- Visualize what you want from your life, every morning, night, and hour in between. Own it and angle each and every action in the direction of that vision. Practice this every day, with immense gratitude, until it becomes the way you think. Then you will see everything begin to shift; then you are manifesting your own, authentic, reality.
- Never forget, there is enough wealth for everyone. Do not focus on what you can take from others to advance yourself, but create all you need.
"Everything in the universe is within you, ask all from yourself," Rumi.
When you are living a life true to yourself, you are living authentically. When you are living a life that creates value and wealth, but doesn't take from others, you are living authentically. And when you are living in this way, true to your purest nature, your passions and talents will appear to you, and your way forward will be lined with the brightest light. Your heart will sing, and you will be so overflowing with joy you will want to share it with everyone you see.
Authentic living takes work, purpose, intent, action, and determination. But, if you are fulfilling your purpose in this life, how could you expect it not to? The beauty of it is, though living an authentic life takes work, it is the most fulfilling and rewarding work you could ever do. By nature of that, it will never truly feel like work.
Authenticity is opportunity. To be your highest self. To live your best possible life. To love the most you ever could. To create the best you ever could. To exist in harmony with the universe within you and surrounding you, and to spread this energy like wildfire.
“Consider becoming the type of energy that no matter where you go, or where you are, you always add value to the spaces and lives of those around you,” Unknown.