Get 10 tips for feeling empowered enough to be the real you (despite anyone or anything), and learn about authenticity!

Many of us have had times in our lives where it was hard to feel comfortable expressing ourselves and being our true selves, confidently. This may be due to people that tend to overly judge or criticize us or act like we’re stupid, or could come from more than one experience that stole our confidence in being ourselves, unapologetically.

If this resonates with you, then the inspirational words that follow are for you. They’ll remind you that you have the right to feel comfortable in your own skin and to not apologize verbally or otherwise for just being yourself.

You have the right to let your light shine, and if that makes some people uncomfortable that isn’t your fault or your problem. -alb

Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about yourself or cause you to lower your head and feel unempowered.

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What is authenticity?

Authenticity is not just a buzzword; it’s a way of life that can empower you to be your true, unique self. In a world that often tries to mold us into something we’re not, embracing your authenticity is a radical act of self-love and empowerment.

10 Tips for feeling empowered enough to be the real you

If you’ve ever felt pressured to conform or hide parts of yourself, these 10 tips for feeling empowered are for you. In them, we’ll explore how you can build confidence, feel good about who you are, and stand empowered in your authenticity, even when faced with criticism or judgment from others.

#1 Self-acceptance

The first step to feeling empowered in your authenticity is to fully accept yourself, flaws and all. Recognize that you are a work in progress, and that’s okay. Embrace your quirks, imperfections, and unique qualities as what make you, you.

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#2 Positive affirmations

Start each day with positive affirmations that remind you of your worth and uniqueness. Repeat phrases like “I am enough,” “I am worthy of love and acceptance,” and “I embrace my authentic self” to reinforce positive self-beliefs.

I would even encourage you to do this silently before or during a gathering of people (or with a person) who you find it difficult to feel good and be yourself around. That is, if you feel you must be in this kind of environment – at least empower yourself.

#3 Surround yourself with positivity

Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you. Seek out friends, family members, and communities that celebrate your authenticity and encourage you to be yourself. Distance yourself from those who bring you down or make you feel less than.

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#4 Set boundaries

I am a BIG advocate for this one!! (but, do it in your own way – these are just ideas)

Setting boundaries is essential for protecting your authenticity. Be clear about what you will and will not tolerate from others, and don’t be afraid to enforce those boundaries. Your authenticity is worth protecting.

And, at times when you find it more of a delicate situation, if preferred there are ways to set boundaries and stand empowered without hardly saying a word:

  • If people mistreat you or talk down to you, don’t stick around. They’ll learn that if they want your presence for long, they’ll have to give you respect and kindness.
  • You can also be short in your responses and limit information you give (as abusive or rude people may use it to their advantage against you, and because this limits the interaction).
  • You can also stand in an empowered stance (this shows you’re feeling empowered and are less likely to take crap)
  • and stand with arms folded in front of your solar plexus chakra (below the chest) to block their negative energy and to protect your good energy.

These are all ideas, but basically do what you feel protects you, empowers you, and keeps the other person or people from hurting you or draining your energy.

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#5 Practice self-compassion

Be kind to yourself, especially when you make mistakes or face challenges. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding that you would offer to a friend. Remember, you’re doing the best you can and no one’s perfect.

#6 Embrace your uniqueness

Instead of trying to fit in, celebrate the qualities that make you unique. Embrace your quirks, talents, and interests, and let them shine. The world needs your unique perspective and gifts!

#7 Stand firm in your values & in who you are

Know what you stand for and be unapologetic about it. Your values are what make you who you are, and they are worth standing up for, even if it means standing alone.

The same goes for who you are. Know who you are and be unapologetic about it. Those that love you and are for you will stand with you, accepting you. And, if you haven’t found those people yet, you will. Don’t worry.

I’m not talking about being okay with being rude or hurtful to people. Some people use being authentically themselves as an excuse to hurt others. But, that isn’t you. You and I just want the right to be ourselves, no matter how someone else wants us to be. And, the right to stand up for ourselves if necessary, in whatever way (by speaking our truth or not allowing things or people that don’t make us feel good to be around us much or to steal our confidence or energy).

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#8 Practice assertive communication

Assertive communication is key to feeling empowered in your authenticity. Speak up for yourself and express your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with confidence. DON’T LET OTHERS SILENCE YOU OR MAKE YOU FEEL SMALL.

That’s what bullies try to do.

You may have someone in your life that claims they love you, yet they constantly try to silence you, hurt you, sabotage you, or make you feel stupid or small and insignificant. Don’t stand for this!

For one, that isn’t love. And, some people don’t act capable of giving real love (as love is also an action, not just words – love is also a compassionate way of doing something and of caring).

Now, don’t feel bad if you suddenly realize that someone doesn’t love you in the way you choose to be loved. Just realize that they are where they’re at, and you are where you’re getting – to being someone who respects and loves herself (or himself) and who knows what she’s (or he’s) worthy of.

And, if it helps, remind yourself of what I’m about to tell you. Bullies, or people that try to hurt others and put them down, are that way for a reason. They aren’t as confident as they look. A secure person never wishes to, nor needs to, purposely and repeatedly bring down another person.

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#9 Focus on your strengths

Instead of dwelling on your weaknesses, focus on your strengths. Celebrate your accomplishments and the things you excel at. Remember, you have unique talents and abilities that deserve to be recognized and celebrated.

If no one else is doing this for you, still do it for yourself! I, right now, recognize how wonderful you are as a unique individual, and I encourage you to embrace this truth.

I also encourage us all to lift each other up in the comments, in whatever way we feel is best. We are all valuable, and we all need encouragement at times.

#10 Seek inspiration & role models

Seek out role models who have embraced their authenticity and let their stories inspire you. Read books, listen to podcasts, or watch videos that uplift and empower you to be your authentic self.

When you want something (like to change something in your life), it helps to surround yourself with those that are already holding that kind of energy and are within that vibration that’s needed for it. And, it still works if they’re online and not actually in front of you.

I tell you, from experience, that surrounding yourself as much as possible in the higher energy, or the presence of those who hold it, helps.

(If nothing else, you gain wisdom and get more comfortable with the thing that you want – like being a person who is confident and authentic, being a person who embraces positive thinking, or even being someone who’s successful in a particular way.)

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Closing thoughts: Authenticity – Feeling empowered enough to be the real you

Feeling empowered enough to be the real you isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.

By practicing self-acceptance, surrounding yourself with positivity, setting boundaries, and standing firm in your values and in who you are, you can build the confidence and resilience needed to embrace your authenticity fully.

Remember that you’re worthy of love and acceptance just as you are. Embrace your authenticity, stand tall, and let your light shine brightly for the world to see!!

Additional resources

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