Be True to Yourself

True to Self
Be True to Yourself!

by Dorothy Wehunt

When a person chooses to live according to your truth, you are true to yourself. Then, to be true to yourself means you listen to your inner wisdom and follow it. You live with integrity. You pursue your dream(s).  

Sometimes we repress who we are and live our lives according to the expectations of others to please them. A person may change a hairstyle or color because of peer pressure. A young man who does not want to work in his father’s business does not pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer or a doctor.   

Some couples marry when they are not ready to do so because of pressure from family or society to do the “right” thing. Moreover, some have children when they are not ready or do not want children for the same reason. Sometimes one spouse does not communicate the strength of her or his conviction about having or not having children for the other partner to hear it.    

Often one spouse puts aside her dream for the other partner to pursue his interest. The partner does this to please the other partner to keep harmony. However, over time, the partner who sacrificed her interest becomes resentful and angry mostly with herself, and thus becomes determined and declares her independence to pursue her dream.

Living your truth protects you from making mistakes in your life, which cause pain. It prevents self-sacrifice and thus prevents stress, anger, resentment and conflict. It promotes better relationships. Then, living your truth lays a foundation for a healthy, happy, and successful life.

Know yourself.

To be true to yourself requires you to know yourself. You are honest with yourself about who you are and what you want. What is your dream? Are the goals you are pursuing your dreams? What career did you want to pursue when you were a child? When you are alone, sitting quietly, where does your mind drift? What do you see, hear and feel?

Believe in yourself.

Being true to yourself calls upon you to believe you deserve to live your truth. It requires you to believe in you and in your ability to reach your goal(s) or fulfill your dream.

Commit to self.

In addition, to be true to yourself requires that you commit to yourself. What choices will you make and actions will you take to meet your dream?

Communicate your needs and wants.

To get what you want, you want to honestly and sincerely communicate your needs to the proper people, parents or a partner, stand by our truth, and not deny who you are and give away power. If we have not expressed our truth to the right person, and have given away our power, it is up to us to take it back by making another choice to change the course of our life.

One day, three years ago, a female who had worked with her husband for ten years to help him build his repair business surprised and shocked him. She said, “I have decided to go back to school and get a job in the medical profession. I don’t want to climb on roofs the rest of my life.” She loves her job. Though he misses her company and it takes him longer to finish his jobs, he is happy that she is happy.

Hence, to feel good about yourself and at peace, you may want to make the decision to live your life according to your truth.

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