A friend just lent me a book which I first read over 20 years ago during my college days.
The book has an intriguing title – “Born to Win” – and it’s a wonderful book which I read a long time before I discovered the world of coaching and personal development.
Its funny how life gives you clues at a young age about your future journey – I have always been fascinated with self-improvement and how to do things better.
In the book introduction, the authors share their definition of what a winner is:-
“A winner is one who responds authentically by being credible, trustworthy, responsive and genuine, both as an individual and as a member of society”.
Conversely, a loser is one who fails to respond authentically.
The authors go on to discuss how to those people who winners, achievement is not the most important thing – authenticity is.
This could be a life-changing realisation for you.
Are you focused on being truly authentic or just on crazily achieving in your life?
What’s more important to you – being authentic in all areas of your life or to achieve big things?
Let’s also be clear about we I mean by being authentic.
An authentic person is someone who is not pretending to be something he or she is not. They are happy in their own skin and they have the courage to be themselves.
Remember that people can smell when you are being inauthentic.
Conversely, people will “get” you when you are being yourself. People love those who are being open, honest and vulnerable.
Look back to a time when you have really been blown away by someone’s presence. Chances are that they were being truly authentic.
Being authentic in all areas of your life is quite a challenge and not for the faint-hearted. In a future post, I’ll outline some of my ideas to help you become more authentic in all areas of your life.
“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself” – Galileo
Today’s takeaway is this – you are a born winner – and you can win at the game of life by just being YOU.
Just remember to be authentic in all areas of your life – start by answering this question:-
Where in your life are you not being authentic?