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To Thine Own Self Be True

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

“I prefer to be truthful to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, than to be false and incur my own abhorrence.” – Frederic Douglas

I absolutely love that quote. There is only one you in this world and there is a purpose that only you can fulfill. There are gifts, abilities and perspectives that only you have.

Protect your integrity and make sure that you can feel comfortable with everything you put out into the world, whether it’s through speaking, writing, or just interacting with others.

Dishonesty in one area of your life can easily encroach upon other areas, so maintain your integrity at all times.

The truth is, you can be anything you set your mind to, but the world needs you to be YOU. We need the best version of yourself so that you can share your God-given gifts with your community.

Bob Dylan isn’t the greatest musician in the world, but he has an audience because people can relate to his lyrics. Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have a massive audience and the accompanying influence because she’s a great journalist (although she is), but because she connects with people at all levels. Be truthful with yourself and align your inner truth with your skills.

In Hamlet, Shakespeare famously penned, “This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night, the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

If you are true to yourself, then at the end of the day you’re good enough. You may not even believe that it’s true. But, I want to reassure you that you have a contribution to make. There is a plan for your life and you were carefully crafted with that plan in mind. Because you are good enough. That’s the truth. 

Feeling misaligned with your inner truth? I can help you get back on track. Pick your day and time at to chat. I guarantee that you will walk away from our discussion with at least one idea you can start using immediately.

Photo courtesy of Katrina Wright on Unsplash

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