How Well Do You Know Your Authentic Self?

life self Jan 18, 2018

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Yesterday morning, we got a surprise quote via text summing up our work with accessing your Authentic Self and dethroning your Inner Critic:

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

The quote originally comes from James Neil Hollingworth, a writer and free spirit who wrote under the pseudonym Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon.

This quote made us think: If you don’t take the time to access the voice of your Authentic Self, the fear from the Inner Critic rules your life.

But what if you don’t even know what your Authentic Self sounds like?

That you wouldn’t recognize it if you heard it out loud?

That if someone said, “Here, this is your Authentic Self,” you’d say, “Who’s this?”

You may not be on a first-name basis with your Authentic Self because you’re buried under the noise of your Inner Critic.

If we had a penny for every person we’ve talked with who didn’t know the sound of their own inner wisdom, we’d have a lot of pennies.

The track you’ve been listening to your whole life may not even be YOU.

To find your Authentic Self, you’ll have to dig into that inner whisper, tuning into the soft, barely audible sound until it amplifies above your Inner Critic.

Here’s how you can start amplifying the voice of your Authentic Self:

1) Create stillness. When you’re quiet with yourself, that’s when the Authentic Self talks with you and gets you on the right track.

2) Write in a journal. Taking five minutes to jot down your ideas, especially if you do it without stopping, keeps you in tune with your voice. If you’re not a notebook and pen kind of person, put post-it notes by a jar, and every day write down one or two sentences and put the note in there. In about three months, go back and read your notes to see what has shifted. We promise you’ll find something!

3) Blast music. This may sound like the opposite of being still and listening, but playing your inspirational anthem can feel empowering. We recommend "I Am Light" by India.Arie, our favorite song for getting in touch with your Authentic Self.

Ask yourself this week: What’s your Authentic Self telling you? How’s your Inner Critic suppressing that? We'd love to hear your answers. 

 

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