Despite what others around you may say or think, it is time to learn how to become your true authentic self.
Listen to Your Intuition
To do so, first, you must learn to tap into your intuition. Consider your likes and dislikes without judgment. For example, if you like coffee and your sister hates it, do not think about her reactions towards it. Simply allow yourself to enjoy what you truly want to. Also, think about things that you have always wanted to do or try. What does your ideal life look like? What would an ideal day be like for you?
Hobbies & Interests
Think about hobbies and activities in the past that you tried. Is there anything that you wish that you were still doing? Or are there other activities that you always wanted to try but never did? Make a list of these hobbies and activities and try a few of them!
A Career You Love
Regarding your career, do you enjoy your current job or do you dread going to work every day? If you dislike it, it is time to make some changes such as going back to school, volunteering, starting that business, or changing jobs or fields altogether. If you are bored in business but love art, consider a new career that involves your true passion! Although it may not be achievable overnight, begin to take small steps towards a career that you love. If you are unsure of what to do, seek the advice of a career counselor or even take a personality test to find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
In your relationships, do they feel authentic or untrue? Are you friends with someone to simply get ahead in life or because you enjoy his or her company? What about your mate? Are you happy with him or her, or do you know deep down that your current mate is not the one for you? There is always a little voice inside our heads known as our intuition. When we tap into it and listen to it, there will be clear guidance for us. It is when we ignore our intuition that situations can go awry sometimes. Have the courage to end a friendship or relationship that you know is not right for you even if you have been friends/partners for years. It is better to be happy for the remainder of your life than to focus on the years you were miserable and to let that continue.
Small & Big Changes
Do not be afraid to make changes whether they are big or small. They can make the difference between living a life of authenticity and feel alive or simply living a life based off of what others desire for you and longing for more. When you begin to make small changes, the big ones will follow. The happier you become, the more courage you will develop to create a life that you truly love, which is authenticity at its finest.