Finding Your Authentic Life
Category : Happiness
Finding Your Authentic Life
Do you ever feel like a puppet, as if your hands and legs are tied up in what others want you to do, instead of what you want to do? Over your lifetime, you’ll change, transform and evolve. To find happiness and contentment, stay true to yourself by incorporating the following tips and tricks for finding your authentic life.
What Is Living an Authentic Life All About?
Who you are and what you do are not the same thing. Even though the roles we take on in life can feel like who you are–whether you are parent, student, or lawyer–deep down, you are separate from all that. It’s part of you, but it doesn’t define you.
Who you are–your authentic self–is about choices you make. It’s about your wisdom, talents, passions, and those unique things you choose to express.
Living authentically means listening to your intuition, and doing what feels right, no matter what anyone else has to say about it. Choose what makes you feel like you have a sense of freedom—not what is best for your parents, or most acceptable for society.
That doesn’t mean you should abandon what you are–you don’t necessarily need to switch jobs or disown your family to be true to yourself! Finding your authentic life means choosing love over fear, every time you’re faced with a choice, big or small.
What Makes You Come Alive?
What did you love doing as a child? Playing sports, acting in plays or figuring out how to create tall buildings made out of Legos? Whatever you loved doing as a child is most often the deepest desire you truly have, and what you still love to do now.
What traits set you apart from everyone else? Focus on this list, and remind yourself of it every single day—as you do, it will create confidence and a desire to live that life.
Focus on What You Can and Will Do to Make Your Goals Happen
Make a list of all of your goals (big and small), then divide each goal into smaller and smaller tasks. If your calling is, for example, to sell your mural paintings instead of working as a legal secretary, focus on small, actionable steps you can take right now to make that happen. Paint one picture this month. Call a gallery to see whether they are accepting submissions, etc.
There is always something you can be doing. If you feel stuck on your current path and want to take a more honest approach to living your life, focus on a weekly goal. As smaller goals become a reality, set your intention for bigger goals.
Pursue Creative Interests, and Make Them Part of Your Life
Ask yourself: What do I love doing? What makes me feel alive? What activities make me feel energetic, and what activities make me feel a loss of energy and motivation?
Focus on taking up new hobbies—photography, cooking class, a beginner’s class on entrepreneurship, etc. Experiment with new hobbies and find out what excites you!
A Few Last Words …
Your authentic self is like a thumbprint which sets you apart from every other person in the world and defines you, uniquely. Focus on what is important to you and what your passions are in order to continue moving forward in an authentic way.