Monday, December 31, 2007

Authenticity Rule #1

Know Thyself

Effective communicators share a common goal of cutting straight to the hearts and minds of their audience. AR #1, therefore, is to Know Thyself. Self-intimacy cuts the deepest path to understanding others. It is also completely impossible to be authentic if you don't hold a firm understanding of who you are.

Achieving Authenticity...
  1. Reflect often on your beliefs and values
  2. Journal
  3. Attend conferences to exercise your self-awareness
  4. Think about why you do things
  5. Gather around you friends and family that let you be yourself and challenge you to be the best of yourself.
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning to work on becoming yourself. -- Anna Quindlen

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering. -- St. Augustine

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
-- Carl Jung

One of the secrets of life is to be honestly who you are. Who others want you to be, who you used to be, and who you may some day become ... these are fantasies. To be honestly who you are is to give up your illusions and face today with courage.
-- Bill Purdin

1 comment:

TJ Walker tjwalker.com said...

Authenticity is so important because people hate hypocrisy and nothing screams out phony baloney more than speakers who says or does things that they obviously don’t believe in.