Thoughts On Being True To Yourself: Weekly Reflection

I believe acting as the real version of yourself is the best way to be who you really are as an individual. When it comes to my thoughts on being true to myself, I always just want to be myself- no matter what.

It might sound easy to say. But for some people, it can be hard to do. 

Why is that? One big reason is that they don’t want to hurt other people. If they do, they can create some tension and maybe it weakens a relationship between two people.

But no matter what, you should always be yourself. When you’re doing business with others, people will more likely to trust you if you’re authentic and original.

In this post, I will go over what I think is best when it comes to being yourself. Especially if you want to have people trust you, it can help out a lot.

  1. Being The Best (Truest) Version Of Yourself
  2. The Meaning Of True Self-Concept
  3. How To Apply The Concept In Business
  4. Questions To Ask Yourself
Thoughts on being true to yourself: This post will go over why it's important to be yourself.

Being the best (truest) version of yourself

Being your true self does not come easy. Some people want to be approached and likable by those they interact with daily.

When it comes to those uncomfortable situations, that may not always ring true. People tend to lie or make decisions when it comes to these types of situations.

Oftentimes, people hide their real feelings when interacting with other people. They don’t want to express their feelings to others when it’s not the most convenient time.

The meaning of true self-concept

I won’t go over too much in detail, but this is a term that the National Institutes of Health laid out in a study a while back. Basically, it’s a cognitive schema representing those aspects of ourselves.

For more information, you can check out the article here for more details. It’s an interesting read, which helps you get a better understanding of what true self-concept is all about.

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true self.”

William James

How can it backfire?

When it comes to doing business with others, it’s not easy being brutally honest. We don’t want to offend people that you do business with.

When you want to build relationships with customers, why be brutally honest with them? Sure, your end goal is to make money or have them exchange money with you.

But if you’re not clear upfront about your product or service, that can cause some confusion and maybe a little bit of mistrust down the road.

Not doing that early on can really hurt your reputation not only for yourself but your business might fail in the long run.

Why is it important to be your true self?

Being your true self helps build trust and authority in your business. People see you as credible, see you as trustworthy, and are more likely to view you as a reliable individual. In business, your customers are more inclined to do business with you if you’re honest and straightforward.

How to apply the concept in business

Being true to yourself makes you build trust with others you want to be able to get the respect that you deserve.

In business, becoming an authority and a credible figure can be beneficial. Not only for building your personal brand, but establishing a long-term business.

It can go for personal and business brands. But overall, it just helps build trust and authority in what you do to help others.

Also, it shows that you’re willing to take the challenges and step up when needed. It’s not always going to be easy at times, but going that extra step can really help open up a good direction.

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Read next on “Why Providing Value Is Important: 3 Reasons For Business“, to understand the importance of value. This article does a deep dive into what value is all about in business.

Questions to ask yourself

  • Do you think it’s better to just be yourself?
  • Are you someone who struggles to keep things to yourself?
  • Have you found yourself lying small or big to others?
  • How will you establish trust in your business?

Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.

-Michelle Obama (Former First Lady of the United States)

Final Words

Being the best version of yourself does not come easy. If you really want to keep things simple and straightforward you just have to be yourself.

Whichever way we go about it, we could end up being rewarded in the long run. If that means we’re being honest and helping people to the best of our ability, that will benefit you.

Your Turn:  Do you strive to be the best version of yourself?

I would like to get your thoughts on this topic. Do you think it’s easier to just be yourself most of the time?

Do you think it’s necessary, to tell the truth, or to give small white lies? Are you afraid to express your real feelings to others?

Are you concerned about hurting other people’s feelings? Are you someone who believes in yourself or are you going to take other people’s thoughts?

Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses and I’ll gladly respond promptly.

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