How To Be Authentic.
The Power of EverydayRituals
Authenticity is a topic I am constantly revisiting with my coaching clients. Its value should not be underestimated, as it is a theme that can impact many areas of our lives. Living authentically has a direct effect on our confidence, how we view ourselves, the choices we make in life as well as our level of happiness and wellbeing.
We should all ask ourselves, am I really living authentically? The answer to this question may well be the reason you find yourself questioning is this all there is? Why do I feel unfulfilled?
Carl Jung once said, The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
So, what does it mean to be truly authentic, and how can we begin to cultivate that into our daily lives?
Positive Emotions + How to Increase them.
Queen Bey (Beyoncé Knowles) takes part in the same ritual before every performance. She listens to the same playlist of songs, prays with her band, completes a specific set of stretches, gets hair and make-up done while sitting in a massage chair, and meditates for one hour before going on stage. Tim Ferris author of ‘Tools of the titans’ and the ‘Four-hour work week’ wakes up every morning and immediately makes his bed, reporting that it gives him an instant sense of accomplishment. Yep, rituals are far more common than you think, and research has shown that they can reduce anxiety and increase performance and motivation. So, can we all welcome these benefits into our lives by simply implementing our own rituals?
Defining Your Happiness
Most of us are familiar with the term ‘Misery loves company’ , and I am sure just as many of us have probably had our happiness balloon deflated as a result of somebody else’s misery weighing it down. But this is not the only way misery can find company. I’ll bet my last Rolo that I am not the only one to have had one small negative event in my day lead to a domino effect of negative events. Then before you know it that one isolated negative experience has turned into one big angry bag of F***’s I shouldn’t have given. Well, there is good news! We can also experience a domino effect of positive emotions. Yes! And not only that, these accumulating positive emotions can also expand the way we think.
Here is a little riddle for you…what one thing do we all want more of, strive for daily, speak of often, is internationally recognised, yet we all have different definitions of what it is?
Yup, its HAPPINESS! A subject that has been addressed, pondered and argued about since the fifth century BC when Confucius, Buddha, Lao-Tse and Socrates asked the question,
“What is true happiness and how is it to be attained?”
This is a question many of us are still asking ourselves, and if that includes you then read on to find out how you can define your happiness and be better equipped to acquire it.