Have you ever felt torn between doing what is easy and doing what you know is right? Of course, doing what is easy in life is simple. You wouldn’t have to confront a fear, you wouldn’t need to face the core of a problem, you wouldn’t have to deal with the difficult decisions that need to be addressed. Many of us take this route, because doing the hard work involves taking a risk.
Facing what is true for us – whether it’s taking a stand on something we believe in or expressing to others what we really think and feel – means we not only have to face our truth, we have to value our truth. We all have an inherent desire to feel worthy. Showing others who we are takes courage and integrity. It means we have to risk feeling judged, inadequate, embarrassed, or unworthy.
When we can diverge from the easy path and choose the road that will inevitably be more rocky, we can start living more authentically. Making the conscious decision to do the right thing stems from your deep morals, values, and acceptance of yourself. There is no greater freedom than knowing you can be exactly who you are and feel that you are enough. You will find that most people hold a greater respect for those that take the risk involved in doing the right thing. But what really matters is how much you respect yourself.
What would it take for you to be honest with yourself and risk showing people your true colors?