“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”― C.G. Jung
Most people associate authenticity or being genuine with being true to oneself. It is not a self-centered behavior because to be authentic and genuine, you must be comfortable with yourself and comfortably connect with others.
Having a point of view is critical to being authentic. Being open minded and willing to engage in discourse on that point of view accentuates and demonstrates both strength and flexibility. By articulating a point of view on firm issues, challenges, and disagreements, one becomes more comfortable speaking up. Taking a position is good, over doing it is not. So is more forthrightness rather than working primarily behind the scenes.
Fundamentally, we need to connect with our personal history to identify the key events, messages, and people that shape us. Exploring ones personal history will often surface messages that are worth reexamining in order to truly express ones authentic self.
Although it is easy to figure out who’s authentic and who’s not, it’s not so simple to recognize it in oneself. To define a person’s authenticity as the perfect conjunction of outward seeming and inward being is not a new idea.
Authenticity – by Seth Godin
“If it acts like a duck (all the time), it’s a duck. Doesn’t matter if the duck thinks it’s a dog, it’s still a duck as far as the rest of us are concerned. Authenticity, for me, is doing what you promise, not “being who you are”…You could spend your time wondering if what you say you are is really you. Or you could just act like that all the time. That’s good enough, thanks. Save the angst for later.”