Day Four- How does authenticity build trust?

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. 

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