I’ve done a few interviews and podcasts over the years talking about well-being and authenticity. I enjoy them immensely because I love talking to people.
Well, let me rephrase that. I love talking to some people. I’d love to love to talk to everyone – and maybe one day that’ll be the reality.
But for now (and probably forever), I prefer to engage in conversation with those who have an open mind and who aren’t afraid to get real.
The Key to Well-Being and Why Being Authentic Matters
I’ve recently had the pleasure of being the guest on two radio/audio shows.
A few weeks ago, I was asked to be the guest on the “Ask the Trucker” show on Blog Talk Radio. Allen and Donna Smith have spent the last several years dedicating their time doing whatever they can to make life easier for those who drive trucks for a living.
Now to be honest, I’d never really given this profession a lot of thought – other than I’d always figured it must be challenging to maneuver such a large vehicle day in and day out, especially while having to share the road with the rest of us.
Truth be told, I’m not exactly enamored with having to share the road most of the time (especially when I see people with their phones in hand behind the wheel. I mean, seriously, wtf is up with that?) and I drive a vehicle that’s much easier to navigate than a huge truck.
So I have to say that I deeply respect what these people do, and our conversation included topics that pertained to truckers who spend the holidays separated from their loved ones.
However, we covered well-being in general.
What I’m trying to say here is that even if you don’t drive a truck, I KNOW you’ll get something valuable out of this discussion.
The Key to Well-Being
Donna and I talked about healthy living and self-awareness. Living a life consisting of good sense eating habits and physical activity has its benefits. That’s not exactly news any longer.
But the real key to well-being has to do with the second part.
Knowing thyself is truly one of the most important things we can ever hope to accomplish because it’s the overall reason for absolutely everything we do.
We covered things like:
- How to maintain healthy habits on the road (insightful info for anyone who spends time traveling).
- Why it’s important to find enjoyable ways to include physical activity into your life.
- Why living your truth matters.
You can follow this link to hear our discussion, or you can listen below.
Why Being Authentic Matters
A few weeks ago, I also had the pleasure of being the guest on Better Freelancing, a short audio (used to be video) interview series with Brent Jones (formerly of brentjonesonline.com).
We talked for about 7-8 minutes about things like:
- Whether people who appear successful online really are that way.
- What success truly means (this can be different for everyone).
- Living your truth.
- How to expand your perspective.
We see people online everywhere talking about success.
But if you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you’ll know one thing about me.
I question things.
So in this, I’ll admit that I’ve asked myself what success really means.
~ Is it about earning a lot of money?
~ Being popular?
~ Establishing fame and a “name” for myself?
Maybe it is. But, maybe success can be defined differently by different people.
Success, to me, means being knowing thyself, and living your truth. It doesn’t mean you aren’t a work in progress. It just means that you spend time going within, challenging the ideals and standards set by society and getting in touch with who you really are at the core level.
Most of us define ourselves based on our beliefs. But what if these beliefs have been little more than the concepts we’ve been taught by others who also know little about their core nature – or the nature of reality?
So for me, being successful is about being myself, speaking my truth and knowing that whether I’m having a conversation with someone or they’ve just read a piece of my work…they’ve had a moment (or longer) where they experienced this:
“Wow. I’ve never thought about _____ that way.”
Now if you really want to know what being true to yourself looks like, you can check out Brent’s latest post. He’s following his path, and it’s one filled with honesty, creativity, and courage.
And – you can listen to our conversation here.
The Common Theme
As you may have noticed, in both shows I had a bullet point that said something about living your truth.
Whether you drive a truck, run a blog, write, coach or engage in anything else, the question(s) will always be:
~ Are you being true to yourself?
~ Are you doing something you enjoy?
~ Something that makes your heart sing?
~ Are your words, thoughts, and actions in harmony?
Because if not, then you’re doing a disservice to yourself and the world in general.
As far as I’m concerned, we don’t need more people trying to keep up with one another. We also don’t fare better off by engaging in activities we feel forced into for any reason.
What we DO need are people, like you, taking the time to go within, ask yourself the tough questions, challenge (and possibly shatter) your belief systems if they aren’t in alignment with who you truly are at the core level – and being courageous enough to walk the road less traveled – even if everyone else is going in a different direction.
The key to well-being is self-awareness and authenticity.
I hope you enjoy the discussions, and since this is my last post of the year, I also wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year filled with beauty, independence, creativity, peace, wellness, and wonder.
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