Being authentic – and more chocolatey

It might make us feel a bit uncomfortable but we should make time to focus on what makes us tick. Life throws good and bad scenarios toward us. How we are able to cope with those – whilst at the same time being authentic and true to ourselves – is a key facet of who we are.

I’m a proud member of the Leeds Female Leaders Network which brings together women in health and academia in the city. The Network met last week where there was a stellar line up of speakers who were superbly thought-provoking. One of the big themes from at least two of the presentations was that of being authentic.

it’s about Authenticity

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

Brene Brown

Tilla Brook told us she was there to help us become a “bigger and more chocolatey” version of ourselves – what could have resonated more with a room predominantly comprised of women? As a leadership coach Tilla has been there and seen it and she had a wonderful no nonsense approach through which you knew she was being true to herself.

dare to be yourself

Whilst Karen Middleton posed some fabulous reflection questions that encouraged us to consider what we are known for; what we might want to be known for; and what our personal visibility programme looks like.

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

Mary Sarton

When faced with difficult situations we have the choice to fight or flight. Fighting might mean that we feel we’re competition with others in that situation. Whilst taking flight could be against our own morals or standards. Then we are in competition with our own self.

If we can become more mindful, listen to our inner voice, determine our values and live by them, we take judge and respond positively to all situations and present an authentic version of ourselves.

Because above all else, if you are yourself, you have no competition.

“Authenticity is not needing external approval to feel good about your actions.”

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