Our Authentic Self Gives Us Wake Up Calls
Embracing Our Authentic Self
As humans it can be a journey to find and embrace our authentic selves. For decades we have become used to acting certain ways to fit in with friends, family and colleagues. We become adept at this. Most people get lots of practice. This process, we believe starts long before preschool.
Learning How to Fit in at a Young Age
We learn by people’s responses and reactions what’s acceptable and what isn’t. It's easy to lose sight of our authentic selves. We start to mold our behaviour to fit in, even though it goes against who we really are. After going through the motions, eventually we accept this to be our true selves. Often people don’t question who they are or what they are doing until something shines a light on their authentic self.
Course Corrections Happen When We Least Expect It
The first time I experienced this shining light on my authentic self when I was in my mid-20’s. Working in a job I didn’t like, believing it was what I was supposed to do. In the financial industry, nothing flowed, everything was difficult. On the way to work, I had a terrible gut wrenching feeling knowing I had to face another day. It took having a miscarriage to listen to what my body was trying to tell me. The body will scream at us, we believe, to get our attention. The authentic self shines through and helps us make a course correction.
Sometimes Our Authentic Self Has Different Plans
After playing in the NHL, I had to find a career that would allow me to provide for my family. Hockey was all I knew and I was faced with the challenge of re-making myself. The easiest solution was to become an insurance salesman. This meant I had to make cold calls and attend networking meetings. Both these things weren't natural. I was out of flow. Every Sunday, I dreaded the week ahead. My being unhappy took a toll on my family.
Our Bodies Let Us know When We're Out of Flow
Perhaps you can imagine what that transition was like, going from a place where everyone to absolutely no one wanting to speak with me .... over night. To make things worse, I wasn't a natural sales person. Many days were a grind, leaving me deflated and scared to death some days I wouldn't be able to pay the bills.
Connecting the Dots
In times of adversity it’s difficult to see, let alone appreciate the silver lining. Time gives us clarity. Not until we reflect on these times and connect the dots to see how everything fits together do we truly understand.
The Courage to Listen to Your Authentic Self
Experiences like these give us clarity about who we really are. Our true self doesn't give up trying to be recognized. Bob no longer has to sell. In this digital economy, people come to us. Adrienne has tapped into passions that were hidden so far below the surface, they were a complete surprise!
Are You Being True to You?
Are you living an authentic life, being your true self? Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed in your job, unfulfilled, wanting more. Maybe you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to give to your career, your family and your friends. Something needs to change.
Is It Time to Change?
Is your body trying to give you a message that you aren’t quite ready to hear? If yes, you can ease into the online world one step at a time. Starting an online business isn’t an all or nothing decisions. Lots of people start their online business part-time and earn as they learn.
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Adrienne and Bob