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Authenticity

Authenticity is about getting closer to our true identity.

The more authentic we become, the more we are authoring our lives, and not simply living someone else’s script. And the more authentic you become, the greater is your sense of well-being.

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  • Introspection is simply looking in. Stopping there not only limits your perspective, but it can also diffuse it. It can lead some to pessimism, or even depression. 
  • Reflection is looking in so you can look out with a broader, bigger and more accurate perspective. Without reflection, your life becomes happenstance—activity without insight.
Warren Bennis
be authentic is literally to be your own author, to discover your own native energies and desires, and then to find your own way of acting on th
  • What are the five non-negotiable values in my life?
  • What would I do if I were guaranteed success?
  • What are the experiences I want to have?
  • What is on my schedule that doesn’t need to be there?
  • What am I doing that I don’t enjoy, and what am I doing that I love?

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  • Ask questions that shift your focus to its possible solution. They will reveal potential answers to the problem and will also increase your confidence in solving future problems.
Outer Space vs. Inner Space

The Dalai Lama once joked: "While the West was busy exploring outer space, the East was busy exploring inner space". 

Regardless of the veracity of this, it does seem that for contemporary western societies, silence and stillness are an exception, not the rule.