When we’re aware of our thoughts, feelings and needs, we can speak and act on our own behalf. That’s authenticity. And when we’re authentic, we reap rewards like: joy “just because,” increased ability to focus, reduced stress, greater wellbeing, more energy, feelings of contentment, passion, resolve, connectivity with life, and strength within our self, soul and relationships.
Why be authentic? Why not? The answer to both of these questions is the same: because we want to be loved. And how we define love directs whether or not we choose to be authentic.
How authentic are we? In part one of this three-part series on authenticity, we’ll share its definition, its five states, and various examples of those states.