A guest post by seeker of badassery, Marcella Chamorro.
au·then·tic / [aw-then-tik] adjective
1. not false or copied; genuine; real
2. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence
Since I was young, I have been told to strive to fit in. The mold I’ve been told to fit changes over time. In pre-school, I should not have cried. In high school, I should have been friendly with the popular crowd. In college, I should have groomed myself to get a job. In my twenties, I should steer relationships toward marriage. And the list goes on and on, morphing, twisting, and turning us into spirals of what I should be — all to achieve some predetermined reward.
But guess what? Letting my true self shine has granted me even larger rewards.
We have all something churning around that wants to be set free — creativity, words, a new business, a simmering love, and more. Chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about. You probably know a few things you want to try, but you haven’t yet allowed yourself to start.
What exactly is holding you back? Most times, our desire to fit in inherently hinders our creativity and ability to even let ourselves think about the possibilities churning deep within. What if you did? What if you allowed yourself the space to think about what you dream about doing (even if it may seem crazy to someone else)?
Do me a favor. Take out a piece of paper, and make two columns. In the left column, write down a list of all of the dreams and goals you can think of. In the right column, next to each dream, write down the one single thing you can do today to achieve that dream. Don’t cheat — just one, and keep it simple!
Congratulations! By allowing yourself to strive for what’s deep inside (who you really are), you’re one step closer to being the most authentic version of yourself.
Marcella Chamorro just released her first book, titled To Be or Like to Be: The Need for Authenticity in Online Marketing in the Era of Ultra-Informed Consumers. She is a blogger, speaker, and consultant based in Managua, Nicaragua. Her work focuses on helping companies and professional individuals extend their brands to the digital space. She spends her free time in the gym or running, which is how she gets her best ideas.