Saturday, April 28, 2012
It's never too late to heed Mr. Roger's advice to be yourself. Why? Because authenticity is key for emotional well-being. Embracing your true self, warts and all, means you're choosing courage and connection with others over what anyone else thinks. To live more joyfully, adopt these real-deal habits:
Speak up. You have to put yourself out there to be genuine. If your book club buds pan a novel you loved, make your case. It's not to judge others' taste or to show off your literary smarts, but to let your identity come through.
Be kind. Don't beat yourself up for a goof such as misspelling a client's name; rather, trear yourself with the same sympathy you'd offer a friend ("Don't sweat it; we've all been there"), and then apologize for calling the client Sarah, not Sara. Being compassionate with yourself when you fail makes you more self-accepting.
Take a rest. Being insanely busy has become a status symbol, but relaxation is required to reconnect with your true colors. List the conditions in place when you feel great - you slept eight hours, went to yoga class, went to a work happy hour - then cross-check the list with today's to-dos. Rejigger your priorities so they encourage this best version of you.