Source: Self Esteem Blog
If you’re like most busy, successful people, you have many great things going on in your life. And yet, you may still find yourself craving something more. More meaning, more balance, more time for the people and things you enjoy most. Success often comes at a steep price. As you invest more and more of your valuable time and energy into climbing the corporate ladder or building your business, you may wake up some day and feel like you’re living someone else’s life because your reality doesn’t reflect who YOU really are.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Success can be achieved and enjoyed in complete alignment with your values and your innermost needs – “authentic success” doesn’t require you to compromise. However, to live authentically requires effort.
In the age of technology, constant connectedness and communication overload, it’s increasingly difficult to slow down long enough to check in with yourself. With all the “noise”, opportunities for solitude and reflection don’t readily present themselves. Living authentically requires a conscious commitment to discovering and knowing the real you, and designing your life accordingly. Authentic success happens only through focus and intentionality.
Your authentic self is the source of your innate talents, skills, and wisdom. When you live authentically – that is, when you truly know, accept and value yourself – you are more complete, more available, and more present in your life. Decide to live more authentically starting today by taking one of the powerful steps below!
1. Eliminate excuses
If you want to achieve authentic success, the first step is to accept 100% responsibility for everything you experience in your life. This means taking responsibility for your results, your relationships, your health, your feelings, your finances – everything!
This is not easy. Modern psychology has conditioned most of us to place blame on someone or something outside of ourselves for any problematic aspects of our lives. We blame our parents, our spouse, our bosses, our friends, the economy, the weather – anything to avoid taking responsibility. But the truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of your life – that person is you.
Read More: 7 Powerful Ways to Become More Authentic