81908740What makes something so unique that there is nothing else like it in the world? What makes something so special that it can’t ever be replaced? – The answers to both are you. Now that I’ve reminded you of such, feel free to remind the world of who you are.

Most of us women claim to “keep it real” when we really are keeping it all wrong. We are working in jobs we are not really passionate about, we are in relationships that are going nowhere fast and we are hiding our true selves from friends and family in fear of judgment.

My suggestion is what I call authorizing your authenticity. It’s about giving yourself the permission to be exactly who you are with no apologies. It’s about embracing and showcasing all of the unique and special qualities that make you different from everyone else. It’s about “doing you”. I often get teased by my friends and family for my diva like antics. They lovingly make fun of the way I so naturally demand the best of everything and anything I do. My response is always the same – “This is who I am so love it or hate it”. My awareness of my true self reminded me of an article I came across a while ago written by a woman whom I always admired from a far. Her seemingly natural confidence and drive was always a breath of fresh air and inspiration. In her article she talked about how she walked away from her posh salary in Corporate America to live her passion as an actress and television personality. She confessed that once she gave herself permission to live and be who she truly was she began to live her best life. Her act of courage with no regrets is what authorizing your true being is about.

Most of us women claim to “keep it real” when we really are keeping it all wrong. We are working in jobs we are not really passionate about, we are in relationships that are going nowhere fast and we are hiding our true selves from friends and family in fear of judgment. The challenge for most of us is coming out of our comfort zones. We have become so conditioned to our daily routines – which are mainly orchestrated by someone other than ourselves, that we fear trying something new. We fear starting over, being different and not being accepted. We fear letting go of the person we are to become the person we are destined to be.

If we were to get over our fears and be careless of who approved, imagine how our lives would be different. Envision your life shaped by your own demands and rules. Imagine living your life comfortable in your skin and at ease with your decisions. A life filled with happiness and fulfillment. A life filled with self confidence and self love. A life filled with authorized authenticity.

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  • Ali

    I love CLUTCH!! All of your articles speaking the TRUTH and I enjoy sharing it with friends and family. Thank you ;-)

  • Danie

    I loved this article. I’m at a stage where I’m making some major decisions regarding my career/future. Sometimes it’s scary to think that if you leave your routine life things could all fall apart, but I’ve realized you just have to step out on faith and do what you know you’re supposed to be doing in life to find true happiness. Thanks Clutch!

  • ceecee

    I have to say, I recently stepped out and did something that I’ve always wanted to do for a really long time but comments from friends and family held me back. And because it’s something I am naturally good at, I did it so effortlessly and after all was said and done, I’m glad I did it. It really goes to show that when you do what you love, it’s like you are swimming with the tide. Sometimes we have to act like little brats who stomp around with their eyes closed and their ears covered and just do you.

  • I’m so glad you’ve all been inspired to release your authenticity. It’s such a wonderful feeling! Thanks for the love!!!

  • Michelle C

    You, my dear, are a breath of fresh air. Thanks again for the reminder on what is truly important!