Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.
~ Lance Secretan
One of the greatest questions you can ever ask is “Why?” When you think about it, it is the simplest question, it is the question that we spend most of our time consumed with. So, using that question here, why do we spend so much time wondering why about things? Because at the end of the day, we want to know it is real. Authentic.
Think about it. Books, movies, songs, love, everything. We want to know “is it as real as it possibly can be?” And even if it looks amazing, if it doesn’t seem authentic, we don’t like it. It can be a mediocre thing, but if it seems authentic, we really like it.
People and relationships are the the same way. When you are with your friends, family, boyfriends/girlfriends, spouses, coworkers, are you real? are you honest? are you authentic? You would be surprised how well we can pick fake people out of our friends, and while we may enjoy those people, we don’t really like them.
Authenticity isn’t being perfect. In fact, it is the exact opposite. It’s laying your flaws out there for people to see. It’s being who you are, not someone else. People are attracted to authentic, broken, raw, people. Because when we are around them, we don’t feel like we have to be perfect. I think that is one of the greatest problems that the church as a whole in America has. We expect people to show up on Sunday, we tell them that they can be authentic, be themselves, but then we pretend to be perfect, pretend to have all the answers, and we are not authentic. And so we inadvertently make those around us feel like they need to be fake, be “perfect”. And people can tell the difference.
I believe that no matter what your calling is in life, your greatest calling is really to authenticity.
Authenticity is our greatest gift. Use it well
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
~ C.G. Jung