BEING UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOU
Being unapologetically yourself involves becoming aware of your true self, letting go of societal expectations, and embracing your authentic identity. The process does not mean becoming someone new, but rather, letting go of the need to conform to others' expectations and freely expressing yourself without fear of judgment.
Unapologetically being yourself also means valuing and accepting yourself, and no longer seeking external validation or approval. Our desire for acceptance and belonging is rooted in our survival instinct, but often results in losing touch with our true selves.
Embracing your authentic self is a liberating journey that leads to greater happiness, peace, and fulfillment in life. By letting go of the opinions of others, you are free to live life on your own terms. Becoming unapologetically you is the path to living a more fulfilling and authentic life. Reflection time! Just take a minute to stop and really ask yourself these questions.
SELF-REFLECTION FOR AN UNAPOLOGETIC YOU:
What are my personal beliefs and values?
What would it mean to fully embrace my authentic self without apology?
How would my life and interactions change if I lived unapologetically? Would I make different choices, spend my time differently, have different feelings?
How can I honor all parts of myself, including those I may not like?
OK.. BUT HOW?
To become unapologetically yourself, you must first understand your past experiences and conditioning. This includes acknowledging your traumas, past experiences, fears, and worries, as these may prevent you from expressing your true self.
The next step is to get to know yourself at a deeper level. Who are you, beyond the mask you wear for others?
Then, it's time to remove the mask and embrace all of who you are, including your imperfections and quirks. Instead of trying to fit in and please others, give yourself permission to fully show yourself and let your light shine.
Removing the mask requires being authentic and open, even if it means losing some people in the process. This is because people with unhealed traumas may feel uncomfortable around those who are confident in their true selves, leading them to try to dim your light or even disappear from your life. But don't worry, by being unapologetically yourself, you will attract new and more fulfilling relationships.
5 STEPS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
- Embrace Your Authenticity: Stop apologizing for your traits and instead, embrace them. Stop apologizing for talking too much, being too loud, having boundaries, or expressing your feelings. Every apology implies that there is something wrong with who you are, which can lower self-worth and stem from a deep-rooted wound. Reserve apologies for when you truly hurt someone, and take pride in your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
- Prioritize Yourself: Choose to put yourself first in life and make decisions based on your own needs and wants, not just to please others. Breaking away from the societal pressure to be liked and accepted takes effort, but it's crucial in maintaining your authenticity.
- Set Healthy Boundaries: Set clear boundaries and expectations to protect your time and energy. Refuse to compromise who you are to conform to others and prioritize your own well-being. Say no more often to things that don't align with your values and goals, and don't sacrifice your authenticity for the sake of pleasing others.
- Get to Know Yourself: Get to know yourself on a deeper level by exploring your values, goals, and what makes you tick. Develop a self-care practice that suits you and helps you gain a better understanding of yourself.
- Overcome Fear: Work on overcoming the fear of being seen, rejected, and judged. These fears can stem from childhood experiences and societal conditioning, but they keep you from embracing your true self. Ask yourself what you're afraid of by avoiding your authentic self and work on breaking down those fears.
WHY BEING UNAPOLOGETIC IS EMPOWERING:
Living unapologetically allows you to be true to yourself, which feels liberating and fulfilling.
Embracing your authentic self is who you are meant to be in this world.
No matter what you do, someone may judge you, so why not live for yourself and not for others' approval?
It's time to express your truth, make decisions based on your desires, and take actions that align with your authentic self.