Do you ever find yourself being anything other than transparent and authentic with others, whether it’s with friends or members of your family? If you do, don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is a common way people feel they need to live their lives. It can stem from personal insecurities, trust issues, inconsistencies with how other people interact with us, etc. Whatever the reason, living this way is both exhausting and rarely allows you the opportunity to be real with each other.
6 Ways to Practice Authenticity with Others
1) Be generous in offering genuine praise.
2) Be straight in your communication.
3) Be open to and welcoming of contribution from others.
4) Make choices that are in alignment with the direction you want your life to go.
5) Be loving and kind with yourself and others.
6) Practice mutual respect.
Not only is it far more relaxing (with practice) for you to be authentic with others, being authentic provides a much more satisfying feeling for others being with you. There is a great deal of unpredictable behavior in this world, which generally leaves people on edge and feeling like they need to keep up walls of protection. Wouldn’t you rather be one of those people with whom others feel at peace and feel like they have permission to be themselves, too? BONUS! Being authentic with others, boosts your self esteem:)