13 Ways to Be True to Yourself
Becoming aligned with your soul is one of the best things you can do to improve your life. Here are 13 ways to be true to yourself.
- Being true to yourself is about living according to your innermost values, desires, and goals.
- True living will acquire you to wander away from your comfort zone and look deeply into yourself.
- In the article below, you will find 13 ways to be true to yourself.
Being true to oneself can be one of the greatest and most worthwhile challenges a human being faces during their lifetime. It requires completely letting go of comfort and complacency, which is very difficult for most people. After all, comfort and complacency are what provide us with feelings of control and safety.
However, in order to truly grow as spiritual beings, we must seek the courage to find our inner spirits and be true to ourselves. Even when it means giving up our imagined safety and venturing into the unknown.
In some ways, being truthful with oneself is a form of enlightenment. Living in truth allows us to completely let go of our fears and simply live life according to our own true being.
But, how do I know whether I am true to myself in my daily life?
Seeing where our false identity ends and the true self starts can be difficult. Especially in a world where society and the mass media are constantly telling us who we should be and what we should want.
To help you know whether you’re being true to yourself, I decided to dedicate today’s article to this topic. I wrote about the 13 steps you can take to live a life that is truly aligned with your soul and spirit.
If you recognize yourself here, you are already being true to yourself and are probably also happy and spiritually fulfilled in your day-to-day life.
However, if none of this applies to you, don’t worry. Instead, use these little steps as inspiration for looking into yourself and becoming who you truly are. Living your truth can be uncomfortable at times, especially at the start. But, I sincerely promise that it will be worth it!
Without further ado, here are 13 ways to be true to yourself:
Admit your mistakes and inadequacies, but don't dwell on them.
When you are being true to yourself, you know your strengths and weaknesses. You know who you are, both the good and the bad parts. This knowledge makes it easier for you to look at your mistakes and own up to them.
However, this does not mean that these mistakes will ruin your life or that they define who you are. This means that you use them as lessons to keep growing and to avoid making the same mistakes twice.
Live by your own moral code.
When we are being true to ourselves, we inevitably develop our own moral code over time after learning from life experiences and gaining wisdom.
Other people may try to convince us of their own personal beliefs and moral code, but in the end, we need to follow our own hearts. Mind you, this will not always be easy.
All too often, we see our society favoring an “eat or be eaten” attitude. An attitude where succeeding is everything that matters. Even if achieving this success means hurting other people.
This, of course, was just one example. There will be plenty of times when you feel pressured to ditch your moral code and follow the herd. Don’t do it! In the long run, you will be a more grounded and powerful individual if you always manage to stick to your own beliefs.
Acknowledge your fears and insecurities when they come up instead of ignoring them or pretending they aren't there.
When you are being true to yourself, your fears and insecurities become tangible. You don’t ignore them or pretend they aren’t there because you see the importance of acknowledging all parts of yourself.
Acknowledging your fears and insecurities will make you vulnerable. Vulnerability does not feel good, but it is important nevertheless. Becoming vulnerable will allow you to take the steps necessary for overcoming these fears and insecurities.
For example, vulnerability can lead you to ask for help with something. By doing so, you can finally take legitimate steps to evolve and overcome your fears. A much better solution than never acknowledging any weaknesses and silently suffering.
Think about your future goals but prioritize your present situation as well.
Since we know that life is a constant journey, it is important to think about our future goals. However, it is also important to acknowledge that we are on this journey now, not tomorrow or next year.
When you are being true to yourself, you don’t neglect the present moment because you realize that now is ultimately all that matters in life. No matter how big your goals are, you always take the steps to get there in the here and now. This realization will also help you pursue your goals more wholeheartedly.
Never neglect the present moment. After all, it is all you have!
Be aware of how other people perceive you, but focus on your self-perception first and foremost.
When we are being true to ourselves, we often become more aware of the way other people look at us and judge us. It is a natural reaction because people who are true to themselves often draw a lot of attention with their pure honesty and uninhibited nature.
For all sorts of practical reasons, it is important to be aware of how other people perceive you. That said, avoid getting obsessed! Some people are going to judge and criticize you no matter what. That’s just life.
If you are living your truth, the relationship you have with yourself is a priority to you. You always take care of yourself and live in alignment with your soul and spirit.
Don't enter relationships looking for "the one.” You know that you are already whole on your own and need no one else to complete you.
Becoming true to yourself will also mean that you stop looking for someone else to complete you. For true love to be possible, you need to learn how to love yourself first. Sounds like a tired saying, but it is absolutely true.
If you are true to yourself, you know that true love is about giving, not receiving. You share your soul, spirit, and love with another person without expecting anything in return.
By doing this, you create relationships that are genuine, long-lasting, and full of mutual respect.
Make time for yourself.
If you want to be true to yourself, it is essential that you occasionally step outside the grind and take some alone time. Relationships and work are what give purpose to our lives, but recharging is just as important.
When you have free time, do not always mindlessly try to fill it with things like partying or going out with your friends. It is very healthy to take some weekends just for yourself.
Start by switching off your phone (this is nearly impossible but oh-so-rewarding.) After you know that no one is able to reach you, try doing relaxing activities that you usually do not have time for.
Read a good book, meditate, go for a walk in nature, or just sit down doing absolutely nothing for a day or two. The possibilities are endless – what matters here is that this time is spent on you and only you.
Once you go back to your day-to-day life, you will feel recharged and ready to tackle the world with all its challenges.
Learn to see the beauty and truth in all people because everyone is connected.
Living true to yourself is about acceptance. You need to learn how to accept that you are connected to everything.
Ultimately, we all share the experience of humanity. We share a wide spectrum of emotions, feelings, and universal experiences.
Acceptance does not mean that you have to become a pushover and agree with everyone you ever meet. It is enough to silently recognize that, ultimately, you are connected to this person. Even if on the surface you agree on absolutely nothing.
Know when it's time to say goodbye.
Not everything lasts forever. Some things in life are just temporary, and that is okay!
If you want to live your truth, it’s important to know when it’s time to say goodbye to certain emotions, people, or material things. It might be hard, but the less you cling to outside influences, the more you learn to know your true self.
From time to time, contemplate your life. Think about everything you have – your relationships, your emotional landscape, and your possessions. You are bound to find something that has already run its course. Once you identify these things, gently let them go.
Do what you love.
If your work makes you happy, you’ll be way more motivated to make the most of it and succeed. Also, you will be way less prone to daily stress and anxiety.
Do not jump into a career just for the sake of having a job or making money. To get your bills paid, look for a temporary job or look into good side hustles.
Before you start a real career, take some time to figure out what matters most to you first, then go after it! If it is what you truly enjoy, you will also get far at your chosen career, I promise.
Don't compare yourself to others.
If you want to be true to yourself, you need to let go of all comparisons. All of our stories and backgrounds are wildly different, so comparisons do not make sense anyway.
From now on, only compare yourself to who you were the day before. Ultimately, it is only your own progress that matters. At least if you truly want to live a life built on authenticity and spiritual truth.
Don't be afraid to change your mind.
You’re always growing and changing as a person, so it’s important to keep an open mind about everything!
If you think or feel differently now than you did yesterday that doesn’t mean you’re wrong, just different. So if something no longer fits into your life, let it go and open up to something better!
Never stop learning.
If you think your education is over after high school or university, guess again. The world is changing at a breakneck pace and lifelong learning is more valued than ever before!
Always take advantage of opportunities to learn new things or try different activities. Not only will you expand your horizons, but you will also learn something new about yourself.
Staying true to yourself is an act of courage because it requires facing our greatest fears head-on instead of running away from them or pretending they aren’t there. It means accepting responsibility for ourselves without blaming others for how they have shaped us.
It also requires being vulnerable with ourselves, which is something that most people are not comfortable doing because it means being open to pain.
Yet it also means being able to love yourself fully without needing another person’s approval.
Being truthful with oneself is difficult, but the rewards of doing so are more than worth the effort.