Why You MUST Be True To Yourself
“To be true to yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
What do you admire about yourself? Are you doing what is best for yourself? What are the core beliefs that guide your life?
Our lives encompass all kinds of adaptations, adjustments, and accommodations on a daily basis. Influenced by social networks and elusive standards of success and happiness, our identity and behavior are constantly changing. The need for approval, to fit in, and be accepted can be exhausting with different roles played in various settings. Living up to external expectations builds resentment and frustration that impact well-being and happiness. Our true authentic self is stable, eternal, and unchanging. It is the moral compass that guides our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When we connect with our true selves, we experience peace, satisfaction, and fulfillment.
Life is experienced through the lens of core beliefs we hold about ourselves, others, and the world. These beliefs, some formed during early childhood, may not reflect the truth of who we really are. Aristotle says, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”. Our true self can be obscured by external identity and limiting beliefs that should be exposed, acknowledged, and transformed. Holding ourselves accountable and living by our own moral standards may include compassion, empathy, humility, trustworthiness, and cooperation. These values make us more confident, resilient, and trust which results in a better relationship with ourselves and others. Be true to yourself by knowing your worth, trusting your intuition, nurturing your inner child, and developing your support system.
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Know your worth
Preserve your integrity by living in accordance with your values, being assertive, and making conscious choices. When we live in integrity, we say what we mean and do what we say. Tap into the source of infinite wisdom for divine guidance. Take inventory of your strengths, abilities, and talents and appreciate your uniqueness. Be confident, self-assured, and value yourself.
Rumi says, “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion“. The more you believe in yourself, others will value your ideas. Practice humility and be open to learning and appreciate others. Be grateful for the opportunity to use your gifts and talents to make a difference in the world.
Trust your intuition
Our true feelings are powerful guiding forces. Notice how you feel and trust your instinct. Take time to listen to the quiet whispers, dreams, songs, signs, and synchronicities. Ask for what you need to know and the action to take for the good of all involved. This inner voice of love reveals just what you need at the proper time. Whether it’s journaling, meditating, or taking meditative walks, establish a ritual to strengthen the capacity to connect with your true self. Our inner guidance ignites the creative process, points us in the right direction for healing, and enables us to become better decision-makers. The information you receive is invaluable.
Nurture your inner child
The inner child gives us messages to help us understand why we became who we are. Our inner child, regarded as the original true self, may have been damaged as a result of negative childhood experiences. Holding on to memories and beliefs from the past, our inner child seeks safety and security. If not addressed, repressed feelings from old wounds can resurface at any given time most often during times of strong emotion and discomfort. Give your inner child the necessary attention and discern what is needed for soothing and comfort. Tell your inner child, “I love you” and “I am here for you”.
Rumi says,” The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open”. Perhaps your inner child is reminding you of time needed for play, laughter, and relaxation. Journaling and heartfelt letters were written to your inner child can be cathartic and healing.
Develop your support system
We are all learning and growing with the opportunity to evolve spiritually. Being true to yourself takes awareness, commitment, and practice. You do not have to feel alone and isolated. Connect with people who had a positive impact on your life and those whom you admire. A viable support system is mutually beneficial and provides a wholesome and safe place to share, validate feelings, and discover more about yourself. There are parts of ourselves that are unknown to us that can be revealed by those who are concerned about our emotional and physical well-being. You can be gently held accountable and build on life lessons and experiences. Those who seek support have higher well-being and less anxiety, stress, and depression.
Your true self is an anchor. When we live our lives with integrity, we adhere to our own moral standards and values. Being in alignment with your true self makes us more confident and trusting. Be your own yardstick and choose to be better than the day before. Rumi quotes, “Rise to meet your own challenge by being true to yourself”. t’s never too late to be the person you wish to become.
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