One of the most important gifts I learned early in life is the practice of being authentic. This was a blessing that was fostered in my home, but was really honed in my experience in the theater.
As an actor your job on stage is to portray your role in the best possible way, to step into the the character and help the audience come along on the journey. It is where magic happens as you authentically become that character.
This skill is something that can transfer to everyday life to authentically play your “character” in everything you do. So why is it that so many are not authentically themselves?
Well it usually it boils down to one common limiting factor…fear, regardless of the root or cause.
Blow past this limiter to become who you truly are
But taking steps to blow past this limiter to become who you truly are is what will release you to such an amazing life. How do you do this? I recommend starting with these three things:
Action Step 1: Morning Reflections
Take time each morning to write down what makes you authentically you. This will keep this top of mind throughout the day. Daily practices like this is like weight lifting for the brain. Start out slow, build on it and you will be amazed what you can do.
You can explore what makes you laugh, what makes you cry, what makes you get up each morning, what are your achievements. These are the things that you need to embrace each day.
Action Step 2: Create a Weekly Hit List
At the start of each week choose one thing you want to tackle that week to live more authentically. This could be adding a bit more of you in your wardrobe OR taking time to connect and check in with you each day. The “what” will be different for everyone, the “how” of being intentional is the same.
Do One Thing That Scares You a Month
This is a way to push your boundaries in a good way. Now you don’t have to go jumping out of an airplane or anything. But it could be taking an art class or maybe it is showing up to an event where you do not know a soul. By doing things that scare you, you are making a mental shift to be okay with pushing outside the norms and giving yourself permission to live authentically.
In re-cap…learn to be authentically you. Find what that is for you, step into it and own it.
Author: Amanda Goff