Being true to ourselves–and living lives that reflect that truth–is easier said and done, but it is possible.
This week, I shared a series of excerpts from a piece I wrote for Bloom TV, about how to design and create a life that’s closest to the life we truly envision for ourselves–one that brings us fulfillment and joy. This post concludes this series, and you may read Parts 1 and 2 by clicking on the links below:
8 Steps for Designing an Authentic Life (an excerpt from Bloom TV)
7. Be forgiving. Then again, things won’t always work out like you had planned. When this happens, be kind to yourself and learn to forgive. Be forgiving of others, too. Trial, error, experimentation, and failure are all a part of life—and they’re all a part of the learning process. If you don’t give yourself permission to fail, how will you be able to give yourself permission to try anything new?
Leadership guru John C. Maxwell had written in the book Failing Forward: “The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.” Average people back down and crumble in response to failure; achievers and those who live with authenticity embrace failure and its lessons, and move on to the next adventure much wiser than before.
8. Do the things that fill you with joy. Merriam-Webster lists “delight” and “pleasure” as synonyms of joy. In my life, I always make time to do the small things that make me laugh and smile, just because they are reflections of who I am and what makes me happy. On work days, that means starting my day with a cup of tea, or having art around my desk, or listening to music while working. On weekends, that means sitting on my yoga mat and working with my paints and crayons, like a child, or doodling, or dream boarding.
Sometimes, joy and authenticity are found in the little things—the details that make your life sparkle and that make you different from everybody else. So, what makes you laugh? What makes you feel like an innocent child again? What fills your life with color? Know the answers, embrace the answers, then take that leap of faith. You won’t be sorry. 🙂
What steps have YOU taken in order to live a more authentic life? I definitely have much more to share as we go along. Let’s make this an ongoing conversation. 🙂
*Love and light*