The world needs you to be yourself (and by that I mean, to not hold back.)
A lot of people will tell you throughout your life to "be yourself", which is cliche, and I don't do cliche...
Plus we are being ourselves, at all times, aren't we? Unless we're intentionally lying or deceiving. We are all here, right now, in our bodies, in our shells - we are here, we are present, and the only thing we can be is ourselves.
People said it to me when I was younger and all it left me thinking was, "Okay, how? What do I specifically need to do?"
(I was a very results-oriented child.)
"Be yourself" doesn't come with any further guidance on the matter. It has no before and after, and just doesn't mean much to anyone.
So I'd like to propose a better alternative...don't hold back.
That's where your story lies.
We are always ourselves, but we can all remember a time where we've held back out of fear, am I right? "Don't hold back" because when you not holding back can be measured, noticed, expanded upon. Here's how to put this into action:
- Don't do anything that you don't like, just because you think it'll impress.
- Don't be ashamed of the things you love.
- Don't be afraid to say what you really feel, and believe that you truly believe.
- Forget about wanting people to agree with you.
- Forget that you might be writing in a way that the experts might not agree with.
There is something powerful in not holding back, for every single one of us.
We all have this sense of knowing when someone isn't being themselves, whether we're aware of it or not. There will be a lack of true connection - a cavern of unease between us and the people overflowing with insecurities, or the person trying to deceive us by acting like something they're not. Don't be that person.
You wouldn't believe how much better it feels, too. The moment you're ready and willing to say to the world, "I am who I am"? That's the moment that things will radically change for you. The moment your brand emerges. The moment your version of success truly becomes possible for you.
The people you meet, the places you go and the opportunities that arise will become more relevant than ever, and will take you closer to your ultimate goals than a lifetime of imitation or dishonesty ever could.
Don't hold back.
The Universe will respond.