%%sitename%% | The Self-Improvement Blog | Self-Esteem | Self Confidence
Living every day as your authentic self is easier said than done but there are some things that highly authentic people do.
With the rise of social media, it has become difficult to be our authentic selves.
Instead, we show people what we think they want to see.
Free yourself from the expectations of others and only worry about what you want and need.
It takes some work to get to the point where you can say you’re living every day as genuinely as possible. Take some cues from others and practice these five habits — they’re things that all highly authentic people do, and they’ll help you be more authentic too!
1. They Aren’t Judgmental
Authentic people don’t go into anything with preconceived notions. They don’t have an opinion about someone just from the first glance. Even if their mind pipes up with a comment based on appearance, they don’t let it become their entire opinion of someone they don’t even know.
Listen and have an open mind about everything and everyone that comes your way.
It’s easy to forget that every human is unique and has their own flaws. Everyone’s story and circumstances are different. Once you understand that, you stop judging others for things they can’t necessarily control.
Part of not being judgmental is acknowledging your own flaws and accepting them as part of yourself.
Authenticity doesn’t mean you never do anything wrong. It means you’re aware of every part of yourself, the good and the bad. When you make it a point to remember everyone has those parts, you’re not as inclined to judge.
2. They Speak Their Minds
Authentic people know themselves inside and out. That means they aren’t afraid to voice their thoughts and opinions, even if they aren’t very popular.
They don’t feel the need to convince people that they’re right.
Knowing your own truth means you aren’t worried about people liking you. You don’t agree with someone just for the brownie points because it means more to you to be honest about who you are.
Being authentic also means learning to say no more often.
A lot of people only say yes to things because they are afraid of some unknown consequences. The truth is, you don’t owe anyone your time or energy.
So start saying no to people and to doing things you don’t want to do. Say no to spending time with people that don’t align with the way you want to live. That’s how you make room for the things and people that truly matter to you.
3. They Have Integrity
Authentic people always do what they say they’re going to do.
Keeping your word is a big deal if you want to be an authentic person. You can’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep and claim to be genuine.
The best way to keep your promises is not overpromising or committing to things you’re not sure you can actually do. It’s easy to say you’ll do something, but if you know you can’t actually do it, you’re not being authentic.
It’s understandable to make mistakes, but staying true to yourself helps cut down on the number of apologies you have to make in the long run.
Truly knowing your abilities and your limits is the key. When you’re aware of what you’re capable of, you only make commitments you can definitely deliver on. That way, people know you are as good as your word.
4. They Hold Themselves Accountable
Regardless of how genuine you are, mistakes happen.
Everyone has faults. Everyone runs into unavoidable circumstances. Sometimes, things happen that you didn’t see coming.
You’re never going to be perfect because you’re human, and humans make mistakes.
Instead of making excuses or trying to rationalize things, authentic people hold themselves accountable.
The best way to stay accountable is to accept that you made a mistake or didn’t keep a promise. Admit you were wrong so you can learn and grow from it. That way, you know better the next time.
Learning from your mistakes rather than sweeping them under the rug makes them much less likely to happen again.
5. They Are Confident in Themselves
Authentic people aren’t afraid of rejection or judgment. They know exactly who they are and will show that to the world no matter what anyone else thinks of them.
As long as they are being true to themselves, they feel good.
It’s important to point out that genuine confidence is different than being egotistical or narcissistic. When you’re secure in being yourself, you don’t require admiration to feel good.
Don’t do things just for the likes.
Do things because you enjoy them, and don’t worry about what other people think. A truly authentic person always walks their own path with their head held high. The fear of not being liked never stops them.
Imagine what you can do if you maintain that level of confidence every single day.
There’s a lot of temptation to put up a front to protect yourself or impress someone, even in small ways. But those small things can add up.
Instead, make the choice to put your best self out there — your authentic self.
By incorporating these five habits of other authentic people into your daily life, you will make changes for the better. It takes some work to form a habit, but if you stick to it, you’ll see those changes before you know it.
About the Author
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer specializing in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Grove at Huntsville to help them with their online marketing.
%%focuskw%% | 5 Habits of Highly Authentic People