How to Be Authentic with Yourself

Are you authentic with yourself or do you wear a mask to conceal the real you hidden inside?

Do any of the following statements sound familiar to you?

16 signs you’re wearing a mask, and not being authentic with yourself:

  1. You make excuses for yourself.
  2. You live for others or by standards others have set for you (not by Gods standards).
  3. You always put others needs first above your own (you don’t matter to you).
  4. You experience bouts of depression on a regular basis.
  5. You’re going through the motions in life (you don’t enjoy your life).
  6. You have inner fears about or from your past.
  7. You don’t experience personal growth (mentally and emotionally).
  8. You have addictions you don’t want to acknowledge or try to change.
  9. You don’t like yourself or how you are.
  10. You compare yourself to others (someone else is always better).
  11. You wish you were someone else.
  12.  You’re not living up to your fullest potential in life.
  13. You lie to yourself and others even about the little things that don’t matter.
  14. You hold yourself back from experiencing personal greatness in life.
  15. You don’t think you can be better, and you settle for a less.
  16. You’re willing to let yourself die as you are today!

To be authentic with yourself, you must love yourself unconditionally, without wavering and accept who you are flaws and all. You must be completely honest with yourself and remain true to your inner self.

To live authentically, you must face your inner doubts and fears, accept your inabilities and overcome the mental limitations you set in your mind. You must admit the inadequacies and weaknesses within yourself. When you live authentically, you embrace personal and spiritual growth and live life to your fullest potential.

The best gift anyone can give to themselves is choosing to live authentically. The hardest thing anyone will do, for themselves, is facing the truth within. You can’t be authentic with yourself or live authentically without facing your inner truth. The two go hand in hand, and you can’t have one without the other.

 

Did you know wearing a mask is more difficult?

When you wear a mask, it conceals your true inner self, and the outside world sees a different version of you. The mask can be hiding flaws, past hurts, sins and can damage your spirit.

This mask can be hiding things you don’t like about yourself, a secret from your past, inner fears, painful experiences, an addiction to drugs or alcohol, depression, and many other things.

The mask seems more comfortable to wear around, and it will protect your inner self from exposure. You live with a dual identity hiding your true inner self in the darkness.

The slightly flawed version of your true inner self can be judged harshly by the outside world. When you hide in the dark, you’re comfortable, feel safe, and the only judge to condemn you is yourself.

 

While others may critique you, you are often your harshest critic.

The constant comparing of yourself to others can be overwhelming, and you never seem to measure up or be good enough. The inner fears you have can eat away at your spirit.

If only you were good enough or like that person, your life would be better. The excuses you make for yourself can further enable your personal and spiritual growth.

The mask is massive to wear around and can weigh down your spirit over time. This weight can take a toll on your inner self, and cause feelings of self-hatred, depression and even thoughts of suicide.

The price you pay for wearing this mask is way too high.

 

Are you willing to let yourself die as you are today?

The condition of your true inner self or your spirit matters to God. You matter to God, and God loves you just the way you are, flaws and all.

God loves you so much that he gave his only begotten Son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV

 

If you were to die today, exactly as you are, where would you go?

Would you have eternal life with God in heaven or would you be cast into the furnace of fire with the devil where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth?

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like, unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13: 47-50 KJV

 

Will you be among the wicked or the just?

Life with God or eternal separation from God (the second death) is your choices, and only you can make that choice. When you choose to have faith in God and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ and accept the forgiveness of sin your spirit can begin to experience healing.

This healing will allow you to live in truth authentically, and in doing so, you will begin to drop the burden of sin that has weighed you down. Your true inner self will experience the healing powers of God’s saving grace.

No longer will you need to wear a mask to hide your true inner self. You will have full assurance in your heart that God loves you, just the way you are, flaws and all.

 

How do I know this is the real way to live authentically?

I wore a mask to hide my true inner self. I lived in fear, shame, and with guilt for many years. The list of “ 16 signs you’re wearing a mask, and not being authentic with yourself ” was comprised of things I did while wearing the mask of sin.

I used to live by other people’s standards, instead of God’s standards for my life.

I always put others needs above my own and before God.

I didn’t fully enjoy life and was just going through the daily motions.

I had inner fears from past experiences that weighed my spirit down.

I didn’t fully experience personal and spiritual growth on a continuous basis.

I was lying to myself, and to God.

I wasn’t living up to the fullest potential God has for me and my life.

I choose not to settle for less and to accept God’s gift of salvation.

I decide to live authentically in Christ and drop the mask of sin.

What will you choose?

Will you choose to answer the Lord’s calling?

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Written by Linda M Carleton
I’m Linda M Carleton, an overcomer of adversity who shares her testimony of God’s saving grace and transforming love. If you want to overcome adversity and live abundantly too, let’s connect.