How Well Do You Know Your Authentic Self?

authentic self Jan 18, 2018

This morning, we got a text from a client that perfectly sums up the process of moving past the limiting voice of your Inner Critic. It was a quote from James Neil Hollingsworth:

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

Take a second to let that sink in. Our Inner Critics are fuelled by the fear that we carry around with us. If you don’t take the time to access the voice of your Authentic Self, the fear that your Inner Critic perpetuates rules your life.

But what if you don’t even know what your Authentic Self actually sounds like? If we had a penny for every client we work with who didn’t recognize the voice of their own inner wisdom, we’d have a LOT of pennies.

And we get it--it’s difficult to realize that the voice you’ve been listening to your whole life may not even be you. So many of us are not on a first-name basis with our Authentic Self because we’re buried under the noise of our Inner Critics.  

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 are three ways you can start to connect to your Authentic Self:

1) Create stillness. Our lives can be busy and overwhelming. When you take some time each day to get 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 write down one or two sentences each day to put in the jar. 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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