Authenticity builds trust in relationships through being consistent in who you are which in turn allows people to know who they are interacting with at any given moment.
I think I show up as my authentic self every day. My family, friends, and associates know exactly who they are getting. Whether I’m having an amazing day or the worst day ever, I am the same person at my core.
Now that’s not to say I don’t have moments when I am a lower version of my authentic self from frustration or anger. Yes I get angry sometimes. Usually at myself because I realize that everything that happens is a direct result of a choice or decision I made or didn’t make.
My authentic self has evolved over the past few years. I think I evolved more in the past two years than at any other point in my life. In the past, I can confidently say that I did not lead from an authentic place. My relationships were a mess and inconsistent. No one knew which Asunta might show up from one day to the next or from one moment to the next.
I couldn’t understand why I was struggling in every relationship. Maybe it was the fact that I was on drugs. Maybe? No it definitely was.
When I quit drugs my relationships improved but I still wasn’t being authentic. It took introspection. A ton of it. It took being uncomfortable. It took personal pain. It was the most worthwhile thing I have done in my life.
I read a ton of books. I took courses. I joined groups. In the end, all it took was the courage to accept that I was enough and the rest is history.
I now live authentically daily. As I said before- Today my family, friends, and others know who will be showing up at any moment of any day. My family, friends, and others trust me because I am authentic.Recommended1 recommendationPublished in