Are you Authentic or are you Living Someone Else’s Version of You?

We see it every day in marketing slogans, advertising and billboards:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • The Real Deal
  • Authentic Athletic Performance
  • It’s the Real Thing

So, what exactly does it mean to be an authentic person and/or live an authentic life?

For me, authenticity is a storyboard.  It is knowing who I am, my aptitudes, interests, skills, limitations.  It is what my core values are, what is important to me, where I draw my boundaries, defining my goals and developing my relationships.  Once that framework is defined (it is never complete), it’s a road map of sorts, call it my internal compass of where I ‘should’ be going and what I ‘should’ be doing in life.

The caveat, of course, is how closely my actual life aligns or mirrors this road map.  The degree to which they align drives the ‘authenticity reading’ on my personal life ‘meter’.

The more closely my alignment becomes, the better I feel about myself, the lower stress I experience and the happier I become and more peaceful I feel.  This is not rocket science, folks!  It is common sense, taking yourself seriously and then making the commitment to change what needs changing and doing more of the things that create and maintain that alignment; and harmony.

Two essential points about authenticity:

1. Self-Awareness (knowing and accepting who you are as a human being)

2. Ownership (taking responsibility for who you are and holding yourself accountable for the results)

About MW Cerkas

Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!

Posted on July 24, 2012, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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