To say authenticity happens by accident is ignorance and stated by those who probably struggle with being authentic themselves, because by stating this, it shows that they think authenticity is found, not cultivated and created. It takes a plan, a vision and a choice, to be who you want to be! If you don’t, who you are will change with whichever group or person has the most influence in your life.
Courage isn't just the ability to step past the fear you feel, it’s also the ability to go after connection with someone you don't agree with or like. Courage is the thing that looks fear in the face and says, “I’m not going to compromise my ability to seek understanding and connection with the person that you, Fear, tell me I should be afraid of.”
Our schedules are already jam packed and the holidays roll around and we lose the simplicity of the season. We lose the childlike wonder of laying under the Christmas tree and watching the lights twinkle. But what if we could have it back? What if we could remember the truth behind this beautiful holiday. What if our hearts could be in awe once again?
"There are far too many parents who live with the philosophy of "Follow what I say, not what I do," and we all know this doesn't work well. It kills trust in our children. They see us talk one way but live another. I heard someone say one time, 'Children are really bad at doing what we tell them, but really great at doing what we show them'. "
We can start to recognize the voices that Shame and Guilt have, but we can’t move forward in life if we still listen to them. The negative thoughts that are in our lives actually keep us from enjoying life to the fullest.
The moment that I let my bias overtake my opinions is the moment that I become closed-minded. I always look for things that are unbiased, because when someone can report the news as just news, that’s when I actually listen to what other people have to say. The moment that people use their opinion to report the news is the moment that it is no longer news, because it becomes a biased view that holds very little factual information, but a lot of agenda. I’m not in the business of listen to agendas and taking it as facts, I’m in the business of hearing news and researching it.
Being powerful means deciding who you are going to be based on who you are called to be, what is best for your family and friends, what will actually impact the world and then being that person down to your core. It means being just as confident speaking in front of millions as it does cleaning the toilet. It means to stop and talk to somebody who could never do anything for you, but loving them just because it's right, because you want to. It means starting that program and making money off of it and changing generations, because that's who you are.