Do you ever worry about whether you are true to yourself? Do you feel able to be your authentic self, at work with your boss and colleagues, or at home, with friends and family?
Behind the Mask
When William Shakespear coined the phrase “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” I wonder whether he envisaged the impact that hiding our true selves has on our well-being and happiness.
I love the work of Brené Brown. In “The Gifts of Imperfection”, she writes on ‘Cultivating Authenticity’ and ‘Letting Go Of What People Think.’
She describes authenticity as follows:
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
The battle for Authenticity
In short, showing up and being our true selves is a daily battle. But, unfortunately, it seems we face a culture that portrays what makes for a successful life, career, and family. Even if we don’t admit it, the reality is that in our desire for connection, we have become conditioned to “fit in” and to conform.
When we apply for a job, we seek to align ourselves with the profile of the prospective employer. At the interview, we may adapt ourselves to create the best impression, from how we look, speak, embellishing our skills and values to suit. In addition, we might seek favour with our boss and colleagues, to build our career progression. However, suppose the culture of the business or our leaders doesn’t embrace openness. In that case, it may be challenging, particularly in times of high pressure and stress, to express a counterview or even decide it is time for a change.
As Brené Brown says, “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
Coaching and Living with CARE
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