When we think about authentic communication, we often focus on how we communicate with others. However, authentic communication also requires that we tell the truth to ourselves. This means being honest about our own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, even when it is uncomfortable or challenging.
Telling the truth to ourselves is not always easy. We may have deeply ingrained beliefs or biases that we are not aware of. We may be afraid to confront our own flaws or weaknesses. However, when we are not honest with ourselves, it can be difficult to communicate authentically with other people.
Authentic communication requires self-awareness and introspection. We must be willing to examine our own beliefs and values and question whether they are truly aligned with who we are and what we stand for. This can be a difficult process, but it is essential if we want to communicate authentically with those around us.
Whether we are communicating by text, email, phone, or face-to-face, we must stay true to who we are and what/how we feel.
Why is authentic communication important in our relationship with others?
First, it helps us build stronger relationships with others. When we communicate authentically, we create an environment of trust and respect. This allows us to connect with others on a deeper level and build meaningful relationships. Social media is packed with memes that encourage us to be authentic with ourselves and that's where it starts. Make sure the relationship you've established with yourself is authentic and it will show up in your relationship with others.
Second, authentic communication helps us avoid misunderstandings and conflicts. Have you ever heard "say what you mean and mean what you say"? There's so much value in saying exactly what you mean. Many of us are hesitant to do that because we don't want to say "the wrong thing". However, there are ways to say exactly what you mean or feel without being rude. Besides, when we communicate honestly and transparently, we are less likely to misinterpret or miscommunicate our intentions.
Finally, authentic communication helps us build self-awareness and personal growth. When we express ourselves authentically, we become more aware of our own thoughts, feelings, and values. It helps us be true to ourselves. It helps us honor our feelings rather than suppressing them to satisfy the expectations of others. Don't you deserve that? I think you do! Expressing ourselves authentically can help us identify areas where we need to grow and develop as individuals.
So, what does authentic communication entail?
Frankly, it involves being genuine, honest, and transparent in our interactions with others. It means expressing ourselves in a way that is true to our values, beliefs, and feelings. In today's terms, it means not adding a thousand exclamation points when you're not excited. It's okay to leave those out. A period is just fine. Also, when we communicate authentically, we are not afraid to show vulnerability or admit our mistakes. We listen actively and respond with empathy and understanding.
In conclusion, authentic communication is a powerful tool that can help us build stronger relationships, avoid conflicts, and promote personal growth. By being honest, transparent, and genuine in our interactions with others, we can create a more positive and fulfilling life for ourselves and those around us.
Did you communicate authentically today? If not, why not?
What truth are you afraid to tell yourself?