Living Authentically

"This is perhaps the greatest risk that any of us will take. To be seen as we truly are." - Fairy Godmother (Cinderella, the movie)

Few of us live this life experience genuinely and authentically. Not because we don’t want to or try to, but because we fight ourselves. Most of us try to embrace ourselves with love and complete acceptance by acting and representing ourselves with our own truths that come from deep within each of us. But this can be very difficult to live out honestly and consistently in a world that seems to request us to be a different than we want to be. 

For many, it often feels as though the world wants us to be something that we may not feel is true to who we are. When we live out the truths of others that aren’t aligned with our own internal knowing, then we feel like we are not doing what we came here to do in our lives. We feel like we are living a lie. We feel like our life is fraudulent. 

But the truth is you can’t be authentic if you feel like a fraud. Being authentic really means embracing all of our weirdness and all of our strangeness and loving it. 

It takes bravery and a kind of honesty that few have people have with themselves to come to their own lives fully present and authentic. Test yourself with these questions. Are your actions and words aligned with your beliefs and values? Do you really understand why you hold the beliefs you hold about you? Have you confronted those things within you that might be holding you back? What is your sense of self-worth based on? 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good.  

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.