What does staying true to yourself mean?
It can be difficult to see whether you are living life to its fullest or cheating yourself from becoming so much more. I’ve learned over the years that staying true to yourself is a major factor to overall happiness in life. Staying true to yourself requires strong self awareness. Self-awareness is basically having a good, clear understanding of your personality. This includes your strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivations, and emotions. Without a clear understanding of the different aspects of your personality, you will never actually know who you are. Even worse, it makes staying true to yourself next to impossible!
Staying true to yourself starts with knowing who you are.
It’s not easy staying true to yourself because it can take you out of your comfort zone. But staying in your comfort zone can have its consequences as well. This attitude of not wanting to leave your comfort zone can hurt your ability in setting goals. It can cause you to develop a natural tendency to avoid goals all together so that there is zero chance that you might fail.
You might also be the type of person that tries to justify your attitude or actions based on other people, places or things. Regardless of how you react, in order to stay true to yourself you always need to strive for good self awareness. You must take OWNERSHIP for your attitudes and actions regardless of the resulting success or lack thereof. In other words, make the decision to commit yourself to becoming more self-aware despite your circumstances. Life is definitely not always fair but when you start to own your feelings and actions you will take huge steps forward. You will also have more confidence as you commit to changing your life for the better.
Staying true to yourself is Taking Action!
Just like any other time that you’ve made a decision to change, staying true to yourself is going to take time and commitment. I can tell you from firsthand experience that being able to “own up” to yourself can be such a liberating experience. When you stop pointing your finger at others for your unhappiness or lack of motivation, you are freeing yourself from the exact things that could be holding you back. And how amazing it feels once you start to understand that you are in control of your destiny! So take the time to reflect on your current situation and make sure that you are staying true to yourself. Once you are confident that you are staying true to yourself you will gain a sense of empowerment that will push you to greater heights than you ever thought possible!
Need help getting started?
Staying true to yourself takes practice. One of the best ways to get started is by using self awareness activities. These activities will help you to gain a better understanding of who you are and what is most important in your own life.