7 Ways To Live An Amazingly Authentic Life

7 Ways To Live An Amazingly Authentic Life

Be who you are and live your life by your own design.

According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, happiness is on the decrease in America.  This report outlines the factors that go into happiness, including economic factors, social supports, and health (physical and mental), and asserts that there is a social crisis looming in America.  Besides advocating for more social and economic supports, the report signals that minimizing social comparisons and promoting mental well-being could transform how Americans view their life satisfaction.

So, what's an individual to do to change their destiny and live an amazing and fulfilling life? 

Be authentic.

That sounds easy, but what does it mean to be authentic?

Being authentic is about being genuine and true to one's self.  It's about knowing who you are, and being proud of it.

 "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are." – Carl Jung

Sadly, too many people are living inauthentically.  This inauthenticity is resulting in high levels of anxiety and depression, frustration, and unhappiness.  People are living lives designed by someone else, without direction or grounding.  On auto-pilot, this is the numbing of America.  

But underneath it all, most people want to feel their life, to experience it to the fullest, and to be guided by something powerful and meaningful.

That's where authenticity comes in. 

Here are 7 ways to live an amazingly authentic life:

1. Get to know yourself deeply.  This is the foundation of authenticity.  Uncover your strengths, your growing edges, your needs, motivations, values, beliefs, preferences, and passions. Look at yourself with curiosity and compassion for there aren't any better ways to be; there is only the way that you are.  Work with the beauty that is yours.

If you are having difficulty finding yourself, take yourself back to your childhood, before family and outside pressures limited your beliefs.  Who and what did you want to be when you grew up?  What were you most happy doing as a child?  

Or take some assessments and work with a coach to help bring you greater awareness.

2. Create a purpose and vision for your life.  When our life has meaning and direction, we can more easily stick to our path.

And it's when we look inside ourselves that we awaken to our purpose.

Spend some time meditating and jot down what comes to you in a journal. Or create a vision board by clipping out magazine images and words that resonate with you and that describe your best life.  Post these on a bulletin board, stand back, and see what you are meant to bring to the world.

3. Live honestly.  State your truth freely and openly.  Hold your ground.  Instead of living in the shadows, proudly stand out front.  

"The authentic self is soul made visible." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

4. Honour yourself and accept yourself with loving compassion.  It's okay to say “No.”  Set boundaries around your needs, values, beliefs, and actions.  And protect them fiercely.

"Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you've got." – Janis Joplin

5. Compare yourself to no one.  Celebrate your individuality and your brilliance.  When we look to others, we question ourselves, and we lose our footing.

6. Be aware of your fears and be courageous in the face of them.  Be conscious of your need for approval and your fear of not getting it.  Feel your fear, and live your life the way you want to live it anyway. 

7. Assume responsibility for your life, your actions, and outcomes.  Own up to and learn from your mistakes.  Be grateful for life's experiences and see the goodness in everything.

Be you and be fabulous, living each amazing day to the fullest.

Lisa Petsinis is a career and life coachContact her today to bring more authenticity into your life.