7 ways to show your authenticity
The reality for Millennials is that networking is the key to getting to where you want to be. Regardless of whether you’re working your way up a corporate ladder or you’re building your own business, you need solid relationships to keep moving forward. Meeting lots of new people through networking isn’t enough, you must build trust through authenticity. You can have your moods and your peculiarities but the people who get to meet you and spend time with you should get to know the real you.
It can be tough to determine who is legit and who is pulling your chain. In a recent article on Inc.com, two experts, Jack Canfield and Shawne Depuron, shared their thoughts on 7 ways you can tell if someone is being inauthentic. So let’s flip it around and make sure we’re being the truest versions of ourselves.
No. 1: Don’t hold grudges.
Authentic people process their emotions and move on when the time is right. Grudges use up valuable energy and can keep you from achieving at your full capacity.
No. 2: You don’t always have to go with the crowd.
Strong leaders will hold their own when they believe in what they’re doing. Being a sheep and moving with the herd may be easier at times but you’re probably not expressing your own viewpoint in this position.
No. 3: Keep your agreements.
Over promising and under delivering is a big mistake, especially in the business world. Choose your commitments wisely, put a concrete plan into motion and if you need to bail, bail with sufficient notice.
No. 4: Take care of yourself.
You can’t expect to serve others to the best of your ability if you don’t prioritize your own well being. Prioritize your health, invest in it.
No. 5: Don’t pretend to be a perfectionist.
You’re going to make mistakes in business, lots of them. Pretending you’re insulated from this reality shows you’re not being honest.
No. 6: Learn to say no.
Saying yes to others can feel easy but learning to say no is crucial to success. Not all ideas are great ones and you must choose your requests wisely. Always say no with tact and kindness.
No. 7: Practice what you preach.
The best way to demonstrate your integrity is to keep your word and live your message. You must lead by example and they’ll learn to trust you.
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