Next Gen Life - eMagazine Sept 2019 - Page 14



AUTHENTICITY
How to increase your authenticity
Get to know yourself:
As you go around your day to day or try
new things, observe how you feel/act in
each situation. Learning to be more selfaware and in tune with your emotions in
different situations will allow you to
recognize when you are feeling
uncomfortable or not. Ask yourself: what
has the situation triggered? Why can’t I say
what I want to say? Why am I feeling like I
cannot be ‘me’ in this situation/with these
people, what version of myself am I
portraying, and why?
Act on your personal beliefs and values:
Get in touch with your moral compass and
your personal belief system. This includes
religious beliefs, moral beliefs, beliefs
about the world, people, right and wrong.
Begin to live in line with these values and
beliefs.
Forget perfection:
It doesn’t exist. If you try to be perfect or
act in ways that please all people in all
situations, you are already being
inauthentic. Embrace your imperfection
and dare to be a bit vulnerable. You’ll be
amazed where vulnerability can take you.
Be present:
While someone is talking, it can be
tempting to already be crafting the perfect
response, or to be thinking about
something else. To be present however,
means to be engaged, and engaged means
to be fully focused on the experience and
feeling connected with the individual or
activity. Being fully present will lead to
being authentically engaged with your
world, the way that only you uniquely can.
Find genuine connections:
Seek to truly understand the people
around you. Ask thoughtful questions,
listen intently and spend time with people
you share some commonalities with. By
developing a genuine understanding of,
and connection to other people, you are
more likely to feel genuine and your
authentic yourself.
Rajna Bogdanovic is a Clinical Psychologist,
Board Approved Supervisor & Writer

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