Leaning into your authenticity

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts." - Albert Einstein

What if we all decided to act in our own lives from that place of true authenticity? What if we didn’t look for acceptance or approval from any one, any group or any thing? What if what we decided to make all of our choices without the input or influence of others? What if what we decided to wear for the day, said to others, or anything we did came from the most authentic place within us? What if we each truly owned every decision and experience in our lives?

What if all our choices were made based on something else other than what others have told us was good or bad? If you were the only consideration for all of your choices in your life how would your life be different? If you couldn’t rely on the opinions or “facts” from others and had to derive all truth from within your own mind and life experience what would your life choices look like then?

I am not exactly sure if Einstein was referring to a particular topic in this quote, but I am certain that he understood that all of us seem to act more like sheep when it comes to our preferences, our beliefs, our likes, our dislikes and even what we aspire to become in our lives. All these decisions we make we do so taking so many outward influences in to consideration. There isn’t anything wrong with living a life this way but the success of this kind of life relies on two very important assumptions if you want happiness and fulfillment with this kind of tactic. 

First, you must assume that what the consensus has agreed to as good is actually good for you. And second if you are relying on others to form the logic or basis for your life’s truth then you must trust that others are as wise or wiser than you when it comes to what will encourage your wellbeing. The big flaw in this way of living is that it has caused a growing dissatisfaction with the outcomes and process of so many people’s lives. Why? Because you are the only expert on you and how to let your wellbeing into your experience. 

Trust your gut and listen to your own inner voice. Use your mind and your inner voice to help guide you to what is true to you in your life. It is ok to use societal norms and mores as a basis for how to behave in our society, but remember to always temper what we think we want and know with the wonderful mystery that lies within each of us. We are all not the same, but we are similar. We all don’t want the same things, but we all share desire. We are all joyful creatures by nature, but we aren’t always joyful. And we all come with great purpose, even if you can’t articulate yours yet.

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.