One of my favorite human beings on the planet earth says it best:
You need to be self-aware. Find out what you’re good at and triple down on your strengths.
– Gary Veynurchuck
Key word there? Self-awareness.
The hard truth that your ego won’t let you admit, is that you’re not destined to be great at everything. Being truly exceptional at THREE things is almost unheard of. Thinking that way, and always trying to fill in the gaps of your weaknesses, to try and become some human swiss army knife is an ultimately hopeless pursuit.
YES, it is imperative that you always strive for ways to grow, develop, and become an overall better person. That is the point of this entire site and should be a daily priority. But you’ve got to shift your mentality and be strategic about what specific pursuits you’re willing to take on and how they align with your passions and strengths.
Most of you are stretched too thin with day to day activities that ultimately don’t make you better and aren’t in line with your strengths. Raise your hand if any of these sound familiar…
- Running for cardio even though you hate it, but love to dance so Zumba would be a much better option.
- Eating some meal plan of food that you can’t stomach because you saw some celebrity do it or read about it in a magazine, instead of taking time to feel and learn about your body and what foods you can eat that you like
- Spending hours at work or in school worrying about being weak in a subject or stressing about minor issues your boss mentioned once instead of showing all of the awesome things you do every day.
- Editing a comment or status on your phone 123,057 times because it doesn’t “sound right” even though you’re talking to a friend or romantic interest and they should love who you are as is anyway
That mentality is a waste of time. It’s bred out of insecurity and fear of disapproval. But don’t worry, i’m here to guide you in the right direction. Here are the three biggest reasons why you’ve got to start diving head first into what you’re good at and be completely true to that inner weird self of yours.
Why You Should Live Authentically
Reduces Stress Of Decision Making
When you’re truly aware of who you are and have cemented what’s important to you in this world, that will be a guiding force in your life. That confidence in what you believe in will allow you to move towards situations and opportunities that align with that, and stay away from those that don’t.
You’ll Form Better Long Term Relationships
Nobody likes a friend that is dishonest or worse, hasn’t been true to themselves when getting to know them and has tried to convince you that they are someone they really aren’t. It makes it hard to trust them or to become comfortable and develop any kind of real intimacy. But when you stay true to every bit of yourself, you make it easy to pick and choose who is like-minded and who will be around for awhile.
Increased Self – Esteem
When you give up trying to go against the grain of your own soul, please others for the sake of how they perceive you, or doing something you know you hate, you start to see yourself in a new light. You will cherish all of the quirks, passions, and ideas that make you unique. That isn’t to say you won’t have moments where you question yourself or your path, but being comfortable with who you are and living in a way that’s true to that can be freeing and you’ll start to appreciate yourself a lot more.
You know the drill. Be more self-aware. Realize your strengths and find out who you are and what you want out of this life. Live authentically. You won’t regret it. #ReadySetChange.