CAUTION: The text that follows may disturb and upset you, especially later in this blog post. The words are offered in the spirit of truth in love. If you are offended or hurt, then you needed to read them more than you understand right now.
The integration of your personal brand and personal identity will improve both your life and your work life.
Investing time to anchor your personal brand in the bedrock of your being will prosper you, plus the world will be a better place because of you.
The desire, ability, and effort to be authentic requires us to overcome the natural decay or decline within us. In other words, being reactive, negative, and pessimistic is easy. This “laziness about life” is like emotional gravity that’s relentlessly pulling our spirits downward into a dark place.
Given this force of nature, a decision to be true to one’s greater good followed by effort in action is non-negotiable if we’re to be our authentic selves.
The marketplace is tough enough as it is. When we’re trying to “fake it until we make it” we are inauthentic—merely actors playing the role of some fictional character crafted in the deceit of our mind’s making. The script can only work so far until soon our sense of self, right and wrong, and how to make honorable decisions is so compromised that we lose our moral center.
When we no longer know who we are, we can no longer trust or develop our instinct and conscience.
Nor can other people. When people can’t trust us they guard themselves from us. This translates into lost opportunities we never even knew we missed. Doors don’t open. Referrals and recommendations don’t flow our way.
Living in a false construct is destructive.
We’re set up for the fall personally or professionally or both. Living a lie always comes with a price. Covering up our failure of authenticity invariably exacerbates the problems to ourselves and for others into full bloom. “Nipping it in the bud” has always been sage advice.
Is now the time to assess your personal brand, including the image you portray?
Soul searching is truly good for the soul and good for business.
Some of the hallmarks of authentic leaders are
These are inner traits—some of which are hard-wired into us at birth. Most, however, are etched through the blessed pain of mistakes made, forgiveness sought, redemption made, and lessons learned.
Instinctively, you sense the unpredictable trajectory of your high risk–low reward behavior. You know that it is fraught with failure. Because if you rationalize “optimism,” which is really recklessness, the inevitable consequences catch up to your deceptive practices. If living lies is ruining your life, then make the tough shift of diverting from your present course.
It is never too late to have a new start.
Do a gut check. For example, the physical world reveals spiritual truths. Look at your waist. If you’ve got excess inches around your belly then here’s a clue—you’re living a lie that somehow your self-inflicted overindulgence will not affect your health. Right! Guess again.
How do I know about this inauthentic personal brand of living a lie?
Look at my chipmunk cheeks back in 2008 and me today. Who was headed for heart disease, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes? I was on the inevitable downward trajectory from bad habits, poor choices, and lack of understanding. That was the easy part to fix! It was the software programming within my mind and emotions that was the greater challenge.
- How could I be on-purpose carrying around a 50-pound load every day?
- How much more authentic am I when I’m not self-inflicting harm?
- How could I expect to prosper the planet when I was damaging and endangering myself?
The burden of excess weight dragged me down physically which affected my mind, spirit, and opportunities.
Are you ready to reverse and renew your life?
Have you reached the breaking point where the price of living a lie spoken upon you or self-manufactured and maintained has become a string of overwhelming lies that fray the very soul of your authenticity and identity? Reach out for help now. Recalibrate and realign the trajectory of your life. Time can be an enemy that reveals or a friend who heals. Begin the healing!
Reclaim your true identity.
Here are practical next step suggestions:
- Reread The On-Purpose Person.
- Download the free Discovery Guide and figure out what matters most to you.
- Get one-on-one coaching from a Life Coach of your choice or from me.
- Get on the path to being healthy. If you know a Health Coach contact him or her. If you want to talk with one, contact me and I’ll coach you in the program that helped me lose 50 pounds, or I’ll refer you to a Health Coach on our team.
The tag line of On-Purpose begins with “Be Yourself.” Incorporate this simple statement into your decision-making. The less you pose, the more you will be and become the authentic leader of your life you know you are.
This On-Purpose Minute is a contribution I made to a monthly online leadership journal called The New Face of Leadership Magazine, published by my colleague and friend Dr. Stephanie Parson of Crowned Grace International.