Authentic Living – WTF!

Never more than now have I been more committed to living life fully as my most truthful and authentic self.  What happens really though when you begin to live life with total authenticity?

Here’s the brutal reality.  The moment you make up your mind (which by the way is just a choice), that you are going to be completely true to yourself, you will likely find it a bit of a shock to your relationships.  At first, it will feel great.  You’ll be elated.  Even on Cloud 9.  Because it feels so blissful to truly ground yourself in self-worth and acceptance.  But then something happens.  Suddenly someone you thought you admired is seemingly and even forthright offended by who you are, or what you say or do.  Suddenly your boss lets you know that they are questioning your integrity and commitment to the company you work with.  Suddenly your best friend, parent, sibling or partner goes off on you about how you are “too this” or “too that.”  Suddenly you find your circle of friends shrinking.

Congratulations!  You’ve conquered coming out of your shell and you have begun the process of living outside the societal boundaries that have constrained you up until now.  This makes people uncomfortable, jealous and unusually intolerant.  But believe me when I tell you, it’s a huge gift to see through the bull shit and still embrace your own journey without those people in it.

No great person ever became GREAT while pleasing everyone along the way.  In fact, the more incredible you become, the more others will envy and feel compelled to squash your joy and balls-out approach to life.  And that is perfectly OK.  It is not in any way shape or form personal.  In fact, it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with you.  And on top of that, up until now, you were not serving humanity by living within the constraints of what is considered “the norm.”

Simultaneously, you are going to begin attracting some of the most incredible people you’ve ever met into your life.  They will be drawn to you and catapulted in your direction.  Suddenly, you’ll find mastery in the gift of authentic living just by having crossed off some of the people who can’t understand why you behave as you do.  And even more mastery as you replace them with people who are equally strange and gifted in living out loud.  Your boss will see that you genuinely are committed to being great in all that you do and that your work is a direct reflection of your inner being.  Or they will give you a push in the direction you need to go to share more of your gifts with the world.

Embrace your journey and who you are no matter what.  At any cost.  LIBERATE YOURSELF!  Regardless of the negativity you may at first witness.  Judgments don’t matter – at all!  Remember, your truth of living in your own power is a gift to the world.  But not everyone will be ready to receive you.  That’s soooooooooo OK!  Give your gifts and share your story with those who are looking for you right now. There are many who need you.  And let go of the rest.  The sooner you do, the sooner you are on your way to greatness.  No justification required.  Just be you!  You may not understand the impact right now, but one day, I guarantee you will save someone’s life – just by being you.  If you’re lucky, you’ll save many!

Nobody ever did anything great without being perceived by some else as outright crazy!  Let’s get crazy!

Julieanne O’Connor

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