Easy to see that when what you think, feel, say and do all align then you’ve reached business nirvana. Of course, it’s more rare than a child finding the remnants of a balloon she let go of outside on her birthday.
Fortunately for the both of us, I’m not writing about nirvana. I’m writing about authenticity, which just so happened to be on the list of 2015 buzzwords to stop using. Screw it. It’s important enough.
Back to what you think, feel, say and do.
Only one of them really matters.
If you think you can fly, but you don’t fly, no one will call you a bird. If you feel guilty about gambling, but still gamble, no one will believe you’ve let go of your addiction. If you say you’re a dog person, but you only own an iguana, then you’re not a dog person no matter how often you say it or at what vocal level you express it at.
Being authentic is doing… what you say, what you feel, what you promise.
You can wonder if what you say you are is really you. You can question how you feel and what you think about option A as opposed to option B. Or you could put yourself in motion, into action, into doing those things.
The most authentic artists of our time aren’t short of self-doubt and fear.
But they get up and perform anyway.
Consider placing a mental door to each physical room you enter. People enter the stage crew only room, not to think about being part of the stage crew or to talk stage with one another — they enter the room to run the lights, get costumes ready, hand out props, set the mood with sound, and so much more. They are doing. What rooms will you enter today?
You are the most authentic you when you are doing — regardless of the guilt, fear, uncertainty you may have and regardless of what you say, feel or think about your ability of doing.
People will think more highly of you when, beyond all else, you do.
More importantly, you’ll think more highly of yourself.
Stay Positive & Promise, Deliver, Promise, Deliver, Promise, Deliver