Do you feel like the ‘the real you’ at your job? Like you are honoring your entire SELF, like you are being who you really are instead of presenting a version of you? Or do you feel like you are a different person at work than who you really, truly are?
In the fast changing times that we live in today, it is becoming increasingly necessary to pay attention to what ‘really’ matters to you. I believe all of us at one point or another in life go through a time when we are forced to reflect on who we are essentially, in our spirit and our soul – our true self. If you’ve seen the movie or read the book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, you must have read Author Elizabeth Gilbert say that at some point in all of our lives we need to pause and reflect “to take a CT scan on our soul to determine who is the authentic you.”
Having done the hard work myself and after making the necessary changes in my personal and professional life, I have discovered that there are several benefits to connecting with your authentic self. Choosing ‘free to be me’ instead of ‘who I should be’ is an important step towards creating a happier, more fulfilling life. If you are at a life/career crossroads, or unhappy and seeking more satisfaction, here are 5 reasons why you should consider investing time in discovering ‘the real you’ –
People will trust you – It’s not very hard to determine if somebody is being genuine or fake. And when a person is not being real, do you think anyone will do business with them or offer them a job and even if they do, will it last? You know the answer to this question, don’t you? On the other hand, when you are being you, your integrity will shine through and again without much effort, people will know that you are real and you mean what you say and they will trust you. Once they trust you, more than likely they will like you too and you know what that means, they will want to do business with you.
Fulfillment– When you discover who you really are and what matters to you and you base your career around it, your work will be a source of pleasure and satisfaction instead of something that you dread. How would you like to get up each day and look forward to your work instead of cringing or dreading Monday mornings?
Creativity – When you lead an authentic life, your creativity gets heightened because you are connected to your source. You are happier and joyous and that helps you connect to your inner spark. Similarly when you are involved in an authentic career, you are showing up in your entirety – your strengths, passion, what’s important to you as a being and that makes your creativity shine.
Freedom – If you are a people pleaser, I bet you’re constantly worried about how to please those around you – your boss, colleagues and so on. You put on an act because you feel by being that somebody else, you would be liked more or appreciated more. But isn’t it taxing to pretend? Sooner or later the burdens begin to show up. On the other hand, by being you, 2 things will happen, either people will like you and appreciate you for who you are or they won’t. And that should be absolutely okay because we all know not everybody will like us and also that it’s not possible to please everyone all the time either.
People Will ‘get’ You Easily – When you are being yourself, your personality will get reflected automatically and it won’t take too much effort to highlight your strengths because people will instantly and easily get who you really are. When you just be yourself and give presentations or teach workshops and other social situations, isn’t it easier for your audience to understand and connect with you. Why? It’s because the flow is there, you can express yourself easily, and chances of people misunderstanding you are greatly reduced as well.
Your Competitive Edge – In today’s times if you want a competitive edge or want to stand out from 10 other people applying for the same job, you know you have to work on creating a brand. And your brand needs to reflect ‘you’, only then will you succeed. The more authentic and clear you are about yourself, the easier this will be.