MAKING THE CONNECTION
Some people are good at their jobs.
When you love what you do and you show up intentionally, it’s not a stretch that others will connect with your work.
The right people will find your words uplifting or powerful or helpful in some way. Maybe in a way you didn’t anticipate.
I’m noticing the more you embody the rhythm of intention, the less work it actually becomes. Authenticity *can be* a natural way of being in the world - even in uncomfortable situations.
When you lack authenticity, it’s hard to be good at your job #inwritingandlife.
WHAT TO DO
How to proceed, the actions used to respond to most circumstances can be applied #inwritingandlife.
So, how do we connect with ourselves and others in an authentic way that shines through in our daily work? Here are a few suggestions:
Be true - Take inventory of what makes you, YOU. Embrace those qualities in yourself, with others, and in your work. You don’t have to be in an ideal situation to be authentic. However, the more authentic you are, the more ideal your situation will become
Listen in - Balance your thoughts and feelings. If you tend to one, take a pause to let the other drive for a bit. Trust yourself to make small decisions that are true to you.
Follow the lead - Allow yourself to move in the direction of authenticity despite what others may say.
Learn the lesson - Being authentic means trying and failing and trying again. Allow yourself to learn in every situation so you can become more wholly you.
HOW TO DO IT
Trying something new requires intentional analysis, small steps, and a rhythm for it to become practice.
Writing is an excellent way to make connections and to help you discover your own authenticity. I believe in the power of writing to uncover important truths about ourselves and others. Here are a couple of strategies I use:
Morning Pages - Julia Cameron spells this out in her book, The Artist’s Way, mentioned in What to Read. First thing in the morning, write three pages, by hand, in a notebook. Never look back. Just pour out everything in your head without a second thought. This type of writing is not meant for public consumption. It’s a way to process and clear out negative energy without actually dumping it on another human. Burning this journal is perfectly acceptable. Amen.
Journal - I journal on my computer. It’s another mode of writing with a different speed than Morning Pages. This is where I practice what I want to say. I literally write it out. I can process difficult decisions. I go back and read what I have written to see where I was, what changed, and how I feel now. It is also where I discern what I’m willing to share with others.
Instagram - This might be a controversial strategy, especially for those who are not yet comfortable sharing in public. But one thing that’s helpful in the creative process is asking for and receiving specific feedback. I prefer Instagram as a community-building tool. I share very intentional information and can ask questions that help guide my work #inwritingandlife.
HOW TO USE IT
You can become more intentional #inwritingandlife by putting your learning into practice.
One. Embrace the struggles you are facing and dig deeper into their roots by writing about them.
Two. Make small changes that lead you closer to the aspects of your life you hold true.
Three. Practice your authenticity with intention by sharing your true self with others. Get into a rhythm of living a more authentic life.
Do you need a guide to help you with your work #inwritingandlife?
I offer coaching packages to help you get started, get organized, create a plan to use your words and put it into practice.