Lessons From My Parents

Lesson#1 – Be True To Yourself

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? I mean, really look yourself straight in the eye… are you are at peace?

Being true to yourself is not about whether you are successful, happy or have a chosen career path. It is more about you being accepting of your authentic self, allowing your essence to shine and not giving that power to anyone to rain on your parade. It is about making those decisions that aligned with your values.

Being true to yourself takes courage because you will at times need to stand alone in your convictions. You are not trying to win a popularity contest, and you care less about what people think of you. This means you are open to opinions and the advice of others, but ultimately the choice is yours – you will blaze your own trail. You are guided from your internal space, thus giving you a more centered perspective on life.

I learned at an early age to be true myself. Even if I was not aware that was what I was doing, my siblings and I and my extended family members heard these words from my Dad daily (or so it seems). I recalled the rolling of our eyes whenever he bestowed upon us yet another of his many life lessons.

Now I feel so blessed that I was given enough latitude to make age-appropriate decisions which built a certain level of confidence that shaped me into who I am today. I realized that I was provided with a few thinking strategies to navigate and apply to my life.

We are all being pulled in different directions trying to manage our professional and personal roles in this sometimes-crazy space we call life. However, I think that at the end of the day, we can find fulfillment because we are at peace with the man or the woman in the mirror.

Please continue this conversation and let me know the ways in which you have embraced being you and living a life being true to yourself.

The conversation continues…
Lesson#2 – Know Your Purpose!

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