Have the Courage to Live a Life True to Yourself
Wouldn’t it be great if we all woke up each day happy, energized, excited and fully connected to our purpose and went about our day in the most impactful, satisfying and joyful way?!
Sure would, but if you’re like me, some days you find yourself feeling a little lost.
Welcome to the land of the lost
We’ve all been there. You go through the motions of the day, but you don’t feel connected to anything, never mind making an impact or feeling joyful satisfaction.
I think those days when we feel foggy and lost it’s because we temporarily lost our way.
We’ve lost sight of the map, the destination. We’ve momentarily (or not so momentarily) lost our inner connection to our true self, dropped the signal, so to speak, to our internal GPS.
Living a life of purpose and finding joy within each day, regardless of your challenges, disappointments and struggles, is linked to learning to have the courage to live connected and true to yourself.
What is an internal GPS?
It’s the compass within you that always wants to follow your true north, your authentic desires, your deepest wishes and inner knowing.
I believe we all have that internal GPS system, and that it is always, always, always pointing us to where we should go. Toward the actions we should take. The words we should say. The people we should love.
It’s always guiding us (although often subtly) toward the direction our higher self, the best and truest version of ourselves at any given moment in time.
“When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth.” – Rumi
Your internal GPS naturally points you toward doing what feels purposeful, genuinely satisfying, and will give you more satisfaction and joy – if you have the courage to listen to it.
We all have an innate ability to feel connected; to ourselves, to those we love, to strangers, to the world at large. It’s when we move off course, when we don’t follow our gut or our intuitive pull toward what serves our best self, that we lose our way.
How we make the wrong turn
When we allow ourselves to ignore and muffle the signals we continually get about the choices and direction we take ourselves daily – we feel lost, unenthused, bored, and maybe even sad or frustrated.
The farther off track we get from being who we are authentically, the foggier and more purposeless we feel.
This doesn’t mean that stretching and growing who we are; moving past fear and doubt to take small or giant leaps toward what we dream about doing and being, is not being authentic. Just the opposite.
“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” – Oprah Winfrey
Have the courage to following your internal GPS toward what draws you, what calls to you, what naturally attracts you is where to begin finding purpose. It almost always leads you to healthy growth and satisfying clarity.
Clarity feels so much better than being lost.
The life you want forms over many little moments, small steps, and daily habits that compound over time.
If you are not allowing your internal gps, your deep and natural intuitive wisdom, to help guide you to making the little small daily actions and choices, you will never end up living the life that you were meant to live.
Finding purpose and experiencing joy are always available to us when we re-center ourselves; when we come back to our true north; when we are aligned with our truth.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
When we recognize that we’re lost and we pause to re-center our daily life “map” to who we are and what we want, it changes our entire outlook. It allows space for us to welcome gratitude and positivity.
Living a life true to yourself enables you to feel connected.
That readjustment brings us back to realizing what we do each day matters.
The version of yourself that is true and real and has the courage to circle back and self-correct when she gets off track is your best self looking out for you.
It’s never too late in the hour, the day, the week, your life – to reconnect to your truest self and reassess if your internal GPS destination is set for helping you be the best version of you. Set for being the truest, most authentic unapologetic you possible.
Take time to reflect today about how lost or connected you feel.
Realign your route as needed.
Reconnect to your internal guidance system and take a few turns back to your true north if necessary.
“Follow your instincts and do not let other peoples’ opinion of you become your opinion of yourself.” – Sarah Jessica Parker
Be true to you.
Such a trite phrase. What does that really mean? It’s ok not to immediately know the answer -even if you’re fifty-something like me. It can be a daily readjustment and assessment as we continually get to know ourselves better.
I think being true to you means trying to stay connected to yourself. To be, do, say, breathe, choose what feels deeply right at any given moment. What aligns with your deepest, truest self.
As opposed to what we frequently do – going through the day without ever checking in with ourselves, without connecting to our inner positioning system – our gut.
At the end of the day, being true to you is the biggest gift you can give yourself.
It’s the surest way to recover from feeling lost and reconnect to your life in a meaningful way. It’s through that reconnection you tap back into purpose, gratitude and joy.
“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. An inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.” – Shakti Gawain
I think sometimes feeling a little lost is part of the human experience.
Learning how to reconnect and get ourselves back on the right path is part of our life-long journey.
Cheers to having the courage to live a life true to yourself; to honoring your truth and getting back on track as many times as it takes. – Marlene
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