Be Authentically YOU!

Be Authentically You

Since starting my journey with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I've learned so much. It has been exhilarating, and at times I have felt like I was going to burst with eagerness to share what I've learned with a friend or family member.

Health and wellness is my passion! It is not everyone's passion, though. So, sometimes, my sharing is met with an eye-roll, skepticism, or awkward silence. When that happens, it can feel discouraging. Doubt and fear quickly surface. I start to second guess whether or not I can or should be pursuing this path.

Truthfully, I often feel like I'm a Salmon swimming upstream. Not everyone is sold on the power of nutrition, especially from a holistic point of view. Still, I love what I'm learning, it's common sense to me, and deep down I do believe in the entrepreneurial path I'm planning to take with my education and certification.

It's so hard to fit out, though! It's hard to feel encouraged when certain family or friends don't seem to support what I'm doing.

As I was pondering all of this today, I had an 'Aha' moment I decided was worth writing about, because who knows, maybe it will inspire or help you in whatever you're going through right now.

Here was my revelation: Be Authentically YOU!

Let go of the mindset that places boundaries on what you are capable of achieving. Let go of the mindset that gives other people authority over your worth, your life, your choices, your future, your success, or your failures.

Be your own person - fearlessly and boldly.

You get to choose to be authentically YOU, and you should never feel bad about that, or like the real you isn't good enough to be presented to the world.

I don't know about you, but I want to live in freedom. If I (or we) continue to listen to negativity from the community around us we will never experience true freedom, true success, or true joy. Instead, we will live with failure, doubt, fear, guilt and a lack of confidence.

Who wants a life like that?!

You can be authentically YOU. Below I've shared a few ideas.

Be Authentically YOU

Choose your friends wisely.

If your current friends aren't supportive, genuine, loving friends who cheer you on when you're running toward your goals, or if they aren't there to pick you up and hug you when you fall, they don't need a front row seat in your life.

You can still be friends, of course, but it's not a friendship that you need to put a lot of extra time, heart, and energy into nurturing. It's okay to distance yourself a bit, and you shouldn't feel guilty for doing so.

Network with those who have similar interests.

Not everyone will love what you love. That's okay. Find groups of people who have similar interests and pursuits and network with them on occasion.

These are people you can bounce ideas off of, share your hobby or career excitement with, and learn from. Call it a mastermind group. You can find these groups  by searching Linked In and Facebook, as a starting point.

Always, unapologetically, be yourself.

Freedom starts with being yourself. Don't be a jerk, but don't be shy about who you are, what you love, or why you believe the way you do. There is nothing wrong with expressing yourself! Don't worry about what other people will think.

You don't need to impress anyone. You don't need to gain approval from anyone. You don't need to walk on egg shells around people. If someone decides they don't like the real you, they will eventually move on and that is better for you in the long run.

Don't set limits on what you're capable of.

There are no limits to what you can do when you set your mind to a particular goal. Refuse to listen to negativity from other people or from your own fears and doubts. You are God's child! You are amazing and very capable!

Chase after the passions He places in your heart. Trust that He planted that seed and has grown it for such a time as this.

Consider the legacy you want to leave.

Leave a legacy of love and compassion for others, of hope and healing, of steadfast faith in the darkest of times, of passion and joy, and of a love for life and all that it offers.

Love what you do and do what you love.

I've heard it said that if you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life. So what are you waiting for? Why aren't you turning your passion into a career? Stop putting limits on yourself. What would it take to turn your dream into a reality? Spend some time pondering this and write down a game plan that you can start putting into action.

Love your life.

Smile every day. Be grateful. Be courageous. Trust God with the details of your life. Enjoy the gifts He's blessed you with. Be kind and generous. Listen. Slow down. Breathe. Love.

What do you think about this? I'd love to read your thoughts in the comments!


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Rosann Cunningham

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Author at Rosann Cunningham
Rosann is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in hormone health. She is also a fitness junkie, with a specific passion for mixed martial arts style kickboxing and is trained in Krav Maga - a military self-defense fighting system. After a Hashimotos diagnosis which turned out to be a very wrong call, Rosann became her own health advocate and fought her way back to optimal health and wellness. She is determined to help her clients dig deep to find the root cause of their hormone health struggles, so they too, can thrive and live the abundant life of health and happiness they deserve. Rosann believes nobody should be a victim in life or in their health, so in her coaching practice she loves to integrate a martial arts style and sense of accountability.

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