“What does being authentic mean? Simply stated, it means be who you are. Be the same person in every circumstance.” ~ James Autry, The Servant Leader
We love a good story with lots of twists and turns. It intrigues us to see Don Draper of Mad Men or Al Pacino in The God Father live different lives.
That’s great for fiction, but what about real life?
Living Different Lives
Living different lives in reality is stressful. You are always searching for time to do what you enjoy. When you do have downtime, you’ve forgotten what you like. The result is filling up your time with more to do’s.
If you’re doing this in your business, it could be detrimental to your growth. Although 50 years ago it might have been an accepted practice, today with the advent of social media, authenticity is what sells.
Choose Be Authentic Lifestyle
By using the definition provided by James Autry above, to be authentic means to be the same person no matter what the situation. The benefits of adopting an authentic lifestyle are:
- It’s easier. Being the same person in the office, with clients and at home, makes life smoother.
- It’s reliable. You don’t have to “jump into character” as you move from one situation to another. You don’t have to worry about giving yourself away. Others sense this and you become more reliable.
- It’s consistent. Common sense says if you are the same in all areas of your life, you become consistent in your actions and reactions.
- It’s trustworthy. Your customers, friends, family can tell when you aren’t being authentic. You come across fake, shallow and most of all as someone who may not be trusted. I know that’s now the way you want to be perceived in any area of your life.
Back To Mad Men
Leave the story lines to the writers. Don’t become a character in your own life. As much as you may like to watch others live out these complex stories, simplify yours.
Then the next time you turn on Mad Men, you’ll realize how difficult their lives are caused by not being authentic.
Choose a be authentic lifestyle. Relax into your life. You may find you give up somethings, but you’ll discover what you truly love. That’s when live gets fun.
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