183. Be Unashamed of Your Authentic Self

I've been reading and analyzing the book The Motivation Manifesto, and there are so many gems on the first page alone that I can't even keep up. That's why I'm treating this book differently. Instead of zipping through the pages like I normally do, I'm going to slow down, digest them, and work on application. 

Remember, knowledge isn't power alone. Applied knowledge is power. 

In continuation of my thoughts on what it means to be a lion vs. a mouse or how we should refrain from sniffing at every distraction, this post tackles something that I feel is necessary. I want to discuss the importance of being unashamed of your authentic self. True blue. The real deal. One of a kind and proud of it.

Burchard writes:

We must examine why we cower at the thought of revealing our true selves to the world.
— Brendon Burchard, 'The Motivation Manifesto'

This quote is huge. It's about not feeling ashamed or guilty for being the person you were designed to be. I struggle with this a lot. A LOT. I'm not going to lie, my personality is an acquired taste. When you meet me, you either can't stand me or we'll click instantly.

I'm often quiet (if I don't know you or feel comfortable), observant, wear my thoughts on my face, and introverted. I am not into large crowds and settings, not big on hanging out in random places just to say I've gone, not into small talk, and -- pet peeve alert -- I cannot stand a lot of noise. 

I am a deep thinker, private, focused, goal-oriented, intrinsically motivated, an avid reader, analytical, love meaningful conversations, creative, and like to help others when I see the value I can give. 

Some people don't understand me, and there are times I just don't get myself. But you know what? It's okay. It's life. We are going to be misunderstood. However, there will be some people that will get us, and that's cool too.

However, I wrote all of this to say, don't be ashamed of who you are. Don't try to put on someone else's personality because they seem to be well-liked or able to get things you want. Maybe those things weren't designed for you in the first place.

Don't apologize for having preferences or existing in the world the way you do. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and God made absolutely no mistakes when He made you.

Be unashamed of your authentic self.