Be true to yourself…….commit to living authentically. It is said that no one can be a better you than you…..and yet somehow we drift away from our authenticity and we begin to build a facade that we excuse because we want to be accepted and engaged in life. Deep down, we all know what we want from our lives but sometimes we accept less from ourselves and from the relationships that we build; and as time goes on we tell ourselves it is easier to accept the less than stellar, than to do the hard work of pursuing the life we dream about.
If we accept the facade and lose sight of our dreams then ever so slowly the gap increases between who we are authentically and who we portray to the world. That gap is our integrity gap…..the measure of how authentic we truly are…..because when we are authentic we do all that we can to build the life we want, we pursue our own version of excellence and we know in our hearts that we have done our best. Sadly when we let go of being authentic, our lives reflect back to us where we have settled for less than our dreams and hopes……it reminds us that the height of our accomplishments will equal the depth of our convictions.
James Allen said “Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your finest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”