I’ve recently made a decision to take my authenticity to a new level.
I’ve always believed in being “yourself”. Putting that into practice in real life is not always as easy. There are some situations where you know (or suspect) there are certain expectations and you might feel compelled to conform in a way that you might not if you were being 100% authentic.
Especially in the business world, it’s very easy to put on a mask for the sake of “being professional”. In fact, we all wear “masks” in various life situations. The main reason we do this is usually out of concern of being judged. And specifically, it is out of concern of being judged based on someone else’s criteria.
Maybe you feel you need to dress a certain way or behave a certain way, holding back key pieces of your personality out of concern for not appearing “professional”.
Ironically, I believe our REAL criteria for professionalism is probably more about integrity, purpose and contribution with any criteria about external appearance being much more relaxed… at least in the world of solo-business owners and heart-conscious professionals. (Just to note, I’m not suggesting we go out in pjs or grungy clothes. There’s nothing wrong with being put together!)
Solo-entrepreneurs, by nature, have a rebellious nature and I think it’s great for us to project that outwardly… so we reflect our full personalities… whether that means dressing a little offbeat, questioning traditional ways of doing business and allowing ourselves to be “imperfect”.
Let’s talk about allowing “imperfections” to show. I’ve seen many people NOT putting something of real value into the world because it isn’t “perfect”. I’ve done it myself. You might have noticed I’m putting more out recently and part of that is my letting go of the idea of making sure it has no flaws before putting it out.
Just the other day I did a Hangout video broadcast with my mom and it was definitely less than perfect. It was the first time I used this technology with two people. On top of that, we had a small technical challenge at the beginning which got us off to a late start. I ended up starting the broadcast without doing much of an introduction; I wasn’t looking at the camera at the beginning and what I had prepared to start with was out the window! It all worked out though and we got into a groove.
I’m not going to say I didn’t have concern over how this looked. Sure I did. I’m human and thoughts still go through my head about whether people are judging what didn’t go right. Are people watching and thinking, “I don’t want to work with these people. They’re unprofessional.”
What I choose to allow to override all this is that we are who we are. We’re all real people. It’s cool to show you that you can do this too and it doesn’t need to be perfect. It’s real. We’re talking. It’s unedited. You can do it too and be real and be yourself. Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you expect and it’s ok. I like to work with people who get that.
I don’t want to sit up on a high horse and act as if I’m perfect. That’s not me. I’m very down to earth. And I want to project that! I don’t want to project that I have this perfect flawless… anything! I don’t have perfect, flawless skin. I don’t have a perfect, flawless presentation.
Is it even possible to be “perfect”? What does that mean to you? When you let the idea of being “perfect” hold you back from putting something out there, you never get it out there.
The bottom line is that it’s ok not to have it all together. If you feel inadequate until it’s all perfect, you will always feel inadequate. The beauty of life’s journey is that there is always more progress to be made. As long as you are making progress and being yourself, you are more than enough just as you are!
Blessings & Abundance!
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