Authentic is the new keeping it real. You know when people say, "I'm just keeping it real," as if everything before that statement was a facade.
I started this year with the theme of being authentically me. I then added a level to be more transparent.
The funny thing about it all, I stripped back layers of myself to just be more of myself.
No chasers. No filters. just Kimber lee.
3 ways to be more authentic
1. Get very clear on your values.
Once you know what your values are those will immediately create boundaries for you to act out of.
2. Don't do anything that you don't want to do.
I've always been a bit of a rebel and a natural leader.
Yet there are times where I would do things for others or go places because someone else wanted me to. No more. If I really don't want to do something that I don't want to, I don't.
Often things that we condition ourselves to believe are obligatory are not.
So no more wasted energy dreading events or projects that I didn't want to attend/participate in.
The power of no is incredible. Now don't just be a jerk, but do what makes you happy. And people will tell you that it's selfish and you should budge.
Funny how you're selfish for not doing what others want you to do instead of what you really want to do.
Do what makes you feel good.
That's the thing with being authentically you. It's about you and that's okay.
3. Make no apologies for who you are and who you aren't.
At this point in life, we know our strengths and weaknesses. Make no apologies for either.
If you intentionally hurt someone shame on you.
If by accident, apologize. I promise it takes nothing from you, and it was an accident.
If there's an area in your life that you know you need to improve on. Do it on your terms when you're ready.
You can only FLOURISH when you're ready.
So when you're ready to embrace your flaws, weaknesses, and scars embrace them.
Don’t like them? Do something about it.
That’s the funny thing about being authentic, you are just being you.
No bells or whistles. No filters. Just you.