Being Authentic

June 16, 2017

Hey everybody, welcome day 26, baby. Here I am at another baseball game. I think the universe has a message for me because this is the best baseball game I have ever been to. Christian George comes up to me today and says, Hey, I heard there’s a Rockies game today. Can we go? And I’m like, Yes, I’m down. Let’s see what happens. Right?

So today, day 26, we are talking about being authentic. My friend Richard is an expert in this. He’s been studying a lot and brings a lot of value to the people we work with.

One thing I got from embracing authenticity is understanding the stories that we tell ourselves. So for me, what I did was I made up this story about having a car. I couldn’t have a car because I couldn’t sell the other truck. I got this little 1990 Ranger, right for like 700 bucks.

I was making up this story that I couldn’t sell the car because it’s so important. Then I also couldn’t have two cars, because why would I need two cars. So for years, I’ve just been driving Vanessa’s car and letting this truck sit in the driveway. Well, I dropped this story, recognizing it’s just a story. Now I’m looking at a different car. I’m going to look at some Aston Martin’s later this month.

So drop the story. We can be responsible and able to respond. You know what I’m talking about being able to respond responsibly. Now again, I’m here with Richard. He’s also got some ideas about how to be authentic with yourself, which’s been a new thing for me this year. So I’m glad he’s here. How do we embrace this? What is being authentic?

Well, being authentic is all about the meaning of integrity. What is inside is outside. You are not putting on a mask. Now, I learned this by being a husband, a father, and a business owner. Even as an employee where I was always thinking about what other people thought of me.

That’s how I was basing everything off of how I do things. When I let that go, when I finally stopped caring about what other people thought, then things started to make a positive difference in my life.

Now, as humans, we have so many sides to ourselves. Mainly the light in the dark, or the good and the bad. Some people end up wanting to pound away the bad and say everything is happy Rainbows, right? We got a rainbow up there. Everybody decides not to embrace that side of them.

Guess what, that’s part of you. That is part of you and your wholeness. So why not embrace yourself, be responsible for what you’ve done before? How you could take it forward in a positive setting, make it happen for you. You can go and get it to be authentic from the inside out. Don’t put on any mask, because you don’t have time to be thinking about what other people think about you.

Just be there. Try being authentic. I remember Les Brown said, other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. I started to recognize like, oh, wow, they’re right. I got my definite chief aim in life, what I’m going after. If I keep listening to what other people think about me, they don’t know me. If I keep listening to other people, I will go extremely slow. Right?

If you’re not authentic with yourself, you’re like a car. That is, it has six gears. You are in the first gear in your state. You may have the capability of going 150-200 miles an hour. If you’re in first gear, how fast are you going? Maybe 60 if you’re lucky, but most of the time about 30 or 40 in first gear, right? You’re saying I’m giving it all, and that’s the story, is there are more gears to shift into there are more layers. You go a lot faster, guys.

So when you embrace this authenticity, like what Richard was talking about, and you stop the story, you are present. You can level up your gear.

So that’s it for today. Day 26 authenticity is one of the keys to a successful life. Now, remember ladies, and gentlemen, thanks for being here, and remember, take back your existence or die like a punk. Alright, peace out.

 

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