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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Strength Through Authenticity

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld ~

How hard are you trying to be someone you are not?  Perhaps you admire someone's strengths and so you attempt to be more like them.  Maybe you aren't happy with who you are and try to hide who you are from others.  Conceivably, there is also the idea that  you don't know who you are, so you mimic those around to fit into a certain crowd.   True leaders take the time to understand who they are and they don't hide it from anyone.  Being mindful and meditating can help you gain more understanding of yourself.  As a leader, your real strengths can only manifest themselves if you stay true to your authentic self.

1. Close your eyes
2. Breathe
3. Empty your mind
4. As thoughts come in, acknowledge and whisk them away
5. Focus on your breathing
6. Think about the affirmation:

I will be authentic to myself and others.


  1. Lorin, I like your message! Many years ago when I was in my twenties, I remember going through a self discovery period, mimicking others I wanted to be like. Often times we can lose ourselves in this process and forget who we really are. Years later, I learned about personal introspection and digging deep within to find and develop the leader I am today. Fast forward to today, in our fast paced lives, occasionally we all need to be reminded about the importance of your message; staying true to our authenticity.

  2. Thank you for your comment! Trying to be who our CEO, friends and significant others want us to be can be tempting. We can provide what they need and still be ourselves! It just takes work, right?! Cheers!