We want to please others. We say yes when we should say no. We agree when we don’t. And we shut out our authentic selves if we feel it’s necessary to fit in.
The ability to be one’s genuine self and to be comfortable doing is extremely powerful. But the desire to remain favorable to certain groups or people can make it hard to do just that. Here’s something I recently read one of Danielle Laporte’s blogs on the reasons to be authentic. I couldn’t have said it any better.
If you’re showing up as honestly as you know how to — you’re going to annoy someone. Criticism and counter opinions are part of dynamic expression and creativity.
If you’re not generating some resistance, you’re probably not fully stepping out.
For every seven people applauding, one person will hiss-boo, one will be indifferent, and one will be less than sane. Show up anyway. In public.
You won’t please everyone.
You won’t please one person all of the time.
Hell, you won’t even please yourself all of the time.
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