Every human being on Earth possesses certain characteristics that make them who they are. These unique qualities set us apart from one person to the next. Many people associate a quality, such as authenticity simply with just being yourself. However, they don’t quite realize that there is a much deeper meaning to the term.
Passionate and Committed
Being authentic means having passion, and commitment for what you say and do. It is when someone stands up, and voices exactly what they believe— being courageous enough to define their own idea of what it is to live a life of success. Authentic individuals are thoughtful, and can express their emotions freely and clearly. They are also accepting of themselves and of others. Accepting ourselves is important because if we can’t do this, how can we expect others to accept us? This helps us recognize our own flaws and learn from them. Being thoughtful is essential because it allows us to assist others in a positive way, as well as understand what they are going through.
Becoming the Author of Your Own Life
When we are true to ourselves and true to the people around us, we will finally be able to create the life that we want— a life that is authentically true to us. Authenticity is important because it helps to promote positive change from those who refuse to be controlled by any external factors. People who are authentic choose a path of reflection. A path that will better themselves and those who they come in contact with.
Becoming Better Leaders
The first step in being an effective, authentic leader is to admit when you have made a mistake. It doesn’t help to avoid admitting when you’re at fault, and even worse, to blame others for mistakes that you’ve made. Blaming others only causes feelings of resentment. If you can’t acknowledge that you have done something wrong, then how will coworkers listen to you? They don’t want work with someone who is dishonest and doesn’t indicate when they have made an error. They want to work under a leader who they can trust— a key characteristic of authenticity!
An authentic leader is observant— taking the time to examine all aspects of their surroundings. Paying special attention to what we say and do is crucial when we are around certain people. Authentic leaders know that their words and actions can hurt others. This helps them develop a heightened sense of consideration for their team members. Major problems can arise in the workplace if a leader chooses to act or speak without a care in the world about the feelings of their employees.
Building Deeper Connections with Others
Authenticity is essential to building healthy relationships with others. When we venture into any new relationship, romantic or platonic, it can be easier to put on a facade rather than revealing our true selves. We should be able to express who we truly are without feeling judged by the others, and being authentic allows us to do this. Approaching our relationships authentically helps us to remove the mask that we may be hiding behind. Furthermore, providing ourselves and other people with the freedom to be exactly who we need to be.
Thinking Inward at Yarcort
Gina Yarrish, CEO of Yarcort, is an Accelerator Coach who facilitates Equine-Assisted Learning. She works with professionals and individuals by teaching them to look within themselves in order to gain a deeper understanding of who they truly are. Through her Focus Forward Technique™, Gina gets people to a point where they can move past stuck boundaries, and recognize any external or internal roadblocks that may be preventing them from being authentic.
For more information on how you can start your journey to finding your authentic self, visit Yarcort on Facebook.
Author: Victoria Komar
Editor: Judy Conti
Graphics: Apple Perez