Daily Archives: March 12, 2011

living authentically?

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”   M. Scott Peck

Live in your authentic self.

What does it mean to live your life authentically?   What would it take to live the life you were designed to live?

Authentic:  Not false – genuine.  Not a copy, an original.

Being authentic should mean being the person that you were truly meant to be, not a copy, not being false, but being genuine in all ways.   People who are able to be authentic (true with themselves and others) can live a happier life.   

One a scale of 1 – 10 (1 = Never, 10 = Always)

1. I am able to be authentic with myself.

2. I am able to be authentic at work.

3. I am able to be authentic at home.

4. I am able to be authentic in my relationships.

5. I am able to be authentic with my finances.

6. I am able to be authentic with my friends.

7. I am able to be authentic with my spirituality.

8. I am able to be authentic with my health.

9. I am able to be authentic with my personal growth.

10.  I am able to be authentic with those I don’t know well.

What what was your score?

A score about 80 would indicate a high level of authenticity.

A score of 60 – 79 would indicate pockets of inauthentic living.

A score below 60 may indicate that you are having difficulty being honest with yourself.

What would you like your life to be like?   What would it take to live an authentic life?

If you don’t know the answers to how you are living an authentic life, create a score card.

The authenticity meter (fill out the chart for a week and see where you think you are):

 

 After a week of writing down your scores in each of those areas, what did you notice?    Do you scores stay the same or are they changing?   What would cause the score to change?

What are you realizing about yourself?

What would you like to change?

Change begins when you understand what it is that needs changing.   Measuring yourself honestly is one way to gage what you desire to change and perhaps seeing yourself in the light you truly are will help you make the lasting changes you desire to make.

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it. ”
William James

my cheese moved … and it isn’t coming back

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”  Nathaniel Branden

Who moved My Cheese?” by Dr. Spencer Johnson is a tale about some mice who found themselves impacted by change.  Their favorite cheese spot moved one day and they weren’t ready for change.  Life had become comfortable and routine.    Two other curious mice were running around finding new cheese to nibble on and were more successful at dealing with change.

Now there is a new shift coming.   Where the cheese moved somewhat frequently in the “Who Moved My Cheese” scenario  there was a period of time where the cheese could be enjoyed.  The next shift is the continuously moving cheese.  Change is going to be so rampant, so furious that the cheese will be moving every day.

 

Each day will present a new challenge it will be an age where work won’t be going to single entity to work, it will be entities coming to you for work.   Work will be non-permanent.   A new world of cottage industries will spring up and replace the traditional brick buildings that people are so familiar with today.   

Instead of going to where the cheese is to work, the new work pattern will be to grab a piece of the cheese as it goes by.   Grabbing a piece of the cheese in the new world (which isn’t far away)means having the right skills and a talents.  

Work will be composed of a series of micro-jobs, where one may have multiple employers in a single day.   The rules of the work game will be changing. 

What would it be like to work for multiple employers in a single day?

What would it feel like to be marketing your skills for part of the day?

What would you need to do to prepare for such a world?

“No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.”  Marilyn Ferguson