Finding Your Authentic Self

Stop for a moment, and take a deep breath. Think back to what you wanted to do when you were a child. What ignited your dreams, made you feel happy, and was definitely what you wanted to be when you grew up?

Now think of how you feel when your alarm clock goes off Monday morning, and it’s time to get ready for work. Is your first thought, “Good morning, God,” or, “Good God! Morning!” If it’s the second response, you’re probably in a job that’s an infinity removed from those very sincere childhood dreams.

Too frequently, in our quest for financial stability, or to make parents, a spouse or someone else happy, we find ourselves stuck in a job that just doesn’t really “fit.” Sure, we can do it. And it pays the bills. But are we excited about jumping out of that warm bed early Monday morning and diving into another work week?

If you’re definitely feeling more that you “have” to go to work rather than you “want” to, it’s time to check back in with your authentic self. It’s a term that’s been bandied about in the media a lot lately, and it refers to your inner core. It’s that aspect of you that blends together your dreams, talents, values, joys and wisdom, and you tapped into it with ease when you were young.

But that’s just not realistic at this point in my life, you might say. It’s not important for me to love my job. Think again. Psychological studies show that people who try to muzzle their authentic self will never be truly happy, even if they’re earning a lot of money and recognition. The stress will sooner or later take a big toll on your body, mind and spirit.

So how do you get in touch with your authentic self? It requires a willingness to be fiercely honest and introspective. Prayer, meditation and journaling are disciplines that will help you look deep into your soul. Jot down your dreams first thing in the morning, and look for repeating patterns. Think about those things that sparked your childhood enthusiasm.

You might discover there’s a way to rekindle some of those old goals through new hobbies. You wanted to be a rock star? It’s never too late to take voice and guitar lessons. You dreamed of being an astronaut? Look into getting a pilot’s license. Maybe you fancied yourself a famous chef? Take a few cooking classes, and see where it goes.

You’ll know you’re back in touch with your authentic self when you’re doing something meaningful, and every cell of your body is engaged and thrilled to be doing exactly that, exactly then. Your heart is filled to overflowing with joy and peace, and you know, without a doubt, this is why you were put on Earth.

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