In today’s blog post, I’m in Staten Island where you’ll notice a dusting of snow in the background. Some of you around the world may be experiencing the first snowfall of the season. If you’ve been out in freshly-fallen snow...you know there’s a certain quality about it; it’s new, crisp, pure. It has a way of covering over the grayness of winter and lending the landscape an evenness and beauty.
Walking out in the snow brought authenticity into a new perspective that I want to share with you and the other members of the Best Life Map community.
So, today we’re going to chat about authenticity and its relativity to following your own path. Oftentimes we go about our lives and our days simply following our own well-worn path or that of others. We make our decisions from a place of having fallen into patterns and habits. But, are the choices you’re making -- which become your path -- courageous? Is the path you’re taking true to who you are? Is the path you’re on leading you closer toward to living your best life?
Fresh snow makes it easy to see the paths that everyone has taken. Alternatively, sometimes it’s easy to see the paths without any footprints. I encourage you to check in today...and ask yourself if you’re following the path you want to be taking? Or, perhaps there’s an uncharted path you’ve wanted to take, but haven’t yet begun? If so, what action can you take today to get there? How can you pivot in your life to take that first step into uncharted territory? Are there habits you need to change? Are there some that are working well?
Taking the first step on any new path requires courage and a measured amount of risk. It also can reinvigorate your life and your life’s purpose in the same way that being out in cold, crisp air re-awakens you. Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us: “Whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires....courage.”
Remember, there will always be critics when you make a decision to take a new path toward living your Best Life. And, sometimes we’re our own worst critics. We can become filled with doubt and be tempted to fall back to the comfortable, well-worn paths when difficulties arise, as they will. Rest in the comfort, instead, of knowing you’re making choices authentic to who you are and how you want to live. If so, you’ll reap the great rewards of living with courage and authenticity.
I’d love for you to comment below and let me know some habits or choices you can change today to live with more authenticity.
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