Thought for the Day ~ Authenticity Matters

Nurture your soul……..always be true to your authentic self.  At every turn, every peak, and every valley in the road of life, there are people, circumstances, and experiences that show up to teach us something about ourselves.  It is said that what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger…..and as much as we may dislike that statement, it’s true.  Every single situation that you have faced in your life…..has helped you to heal how you think and react to previously painful memories.  It has built your knowledge, your experience, your empathy and your character. That learning will help you to make better, more informed choices in the future.   When we lose in life, we cannot lose the lesson.

Sometimes our learning may seem strange in that we have to unlearn certain things, in order to honour our authentic selves or to take ourselves to the next level of excellence.  Fear can hold us back; we impose restrictions that limit us, and prevent us from taking the steps we know we need to.  Taking the challenge of expanding our comfort zone brings us out of ourselves and keeps us learning and growing.  If we are not willing to reflect, be brutally honest about where we are, and then make the changes we need to realign to our authenticity.  Then we are not nurturing our soul…..we are not living our best life.  Establish that you’ll aim for the very best, and feel the liberation that comes from being in charge of setting your own standards.

Iyanla Vanzant said “There comes a moment for each of us, a definitive moment, when we are compelled to assess where we are, and where we are going.  In that moment, we must come clean with ourselves about what we say, what we do, and whether or not the two are aligned.  Depending on our internal response to this experience, we will either volunteer or be forced to take a long hard look at how we are showing up in the world.  To see ourselves for all that we are or are not, to tell the absolute truth about what we see, is one of the most challenging experiences we face.  When done with humility and integrity, self-examination  and self-reflection lead us to the brink of greatness.  Once on the brink, we are called forth to jump,  to make the necessary changes that will ultimately transform our state of being.”

 By Lisa Scott Executive Coach