Happy Monday. Start your week off well. Have a great day. Enjoy.
Always do your best…….stay true to your authentic self. Early on in our development we do everything that we can to belong. We seek approval and validation from external sources and we allow our personal value to rise and fall with those evaluations. The truth is, that sense of belonging that we crave, must come from within. We must be brave enough to stand in our own power. We can only increase our sense of self-worth when we love ourselves enough to be who we are. Authenticity is vital to living a whole-hearted life. Why conform? We come into this life free and equal so why spend time and angst trying to create a life that is just like everyone else’s?
We can only find peace and true belonging when we can accept ourselves for who we truly are. Never let anyone take you away from your values or who you are at your core.
Stress shows up when you have a big gap between your authentic self, and the facade you present to the world each day. Integral to your success is a commitment to live your life according to the light that is within you. Dim that light, and become a follower; and you will most certainly lose your way. Because if you’re following the path that is laid out in front of you and everyone else….that’s not your path. Your path is the one that you must make as you go. It is the one that you must bravely navigate alone. It will be created by your authenticity and your light. Your power lies in being true to your spirit and you will learn the most from yourself if you stretch in the direction of kindness, goodness, forgiveness and emotional bravery. Today, consider it your duty to find your way home to the place you belong. The place where you can be you.
Brene Brown said “True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are. True belonging is not something that you negotiate externally, it’s what you carry in your heart. It’s finding the sacredness in being a part of something and in braving the wilderness alone.”
By Lisa Scott Executive Coach