Updated: Jul 8
Find, Live and Share Your Authentic Voice
Guest Blogger: Norma T. Hollis
Did you know that authenticity is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself? It’s true. When you know who you are, you live life from a more conscious perspective rather than the auto-pilot behaviors that most of us fall into, doing the same thing over and over again even when we don’t like what we are doing. When we are self-aware, we make better decisions, have more quality relationships, live in greater abundance and generally experience a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
The secret is to find, live and share your authentic voice. In this article I talk about the first step, finding your authentic voice which means creating a relationship with yourself.
It’s the GPS system within you that seeks to guide you all the time. What you have to do is get on its wavelength and allow the wavelength to guide you through life. Most people, especially introverts know this, to some degree, but may not know how important it is or how to access their authentic inner voice.
Being able to access it and build a relationship is the first step to finding your authentic voice, being your authentic self and living with authenticity. It’s important whether you are a student or CEO, self-employed or retired, a mother or a child. It’s important for each of us, all of our life.
I felt so connected when I read Norma's book, Ten Steps to Authenticity, and just started her course. What a great way to give myself the gift of time...time to reflect, continue to discover my authenticity, and grow. -Steve Friedman
I was eight years old when I started connecting with my inner voice. It was a two-year period of traumatic pain due to ongoing earaches. When the adults around me didn’t understand the depth of my despair my inner voice started to speak to me. I wasn’t sure if it was the voice that I was supposed to listen to, so I gave it a challenge. I told the voice that if it is the voice I should be listening to, prove it to me by letting someone walk by with red socks and another person mention the word ‘elephant’ in a conversation. Much to my delight, these happened within the week that I requested and after I did this for five weeks in a row, I had an understanding of how my voice speaks to me and had begun to build a relationship with it.
You can do that too.
Making this connection is the first step. As you build your connection, many things might start happening in your life. You may see life a little more clearly, have more confidence, unveil your purpose. You may get answers to questions you have been asking yourself. Maybe you are considering a new job, a new relationship or a new child. Connecting with your voice can give you the guidance you need.
Learn more about your authenticity by taking the Authenticity Assessment, nine questions that will give you insight into how authentically you are living your life. Take it at Authenticity Assessment online. You can also build your inner voice connection by taking the 5-Day Authentic Voice Challenge at AuthenticVoiceChallenge.com.
Norma T. Hollis is an international authority on authentic leadership and self-awareness. She is a coach, consultant, speaker, trainer and author of programs, services and books that help people deepen their knowledge of self, transition difficult times, follow their authentic life path and speak with authority. Her signature program, ‘The Authentic Voice System’ adds depth, complexity, and content to what it means to be authentic and offers success roadmaps for individuals and the organizations they work for. She’s the former owner of a speakers’ bureau and continues to help people, all over the world, find, live and share their authentic voice.
Learn more at NormaHollis.com.
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