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Monday Morning Motivation | Lowering Our Guard

Posted by Bill Esteb on

William D Esteb

"If I were to reveal who I really am, no one would like me."

It's not true.

But this common lie produces a range of disempowering behaviors in which we try to fool others, leading them to believe we're something that we're not. Besides being exhausting, this lack of authenticity produces something worse: indecisiveness.

Being decisive is essential to be a leader and influencer of others. Which is impossible if we can't even trust being ourselves.

It's easy to become hamstrung if every decision must be run through a filter, imagining what others may think. Example: wimpy patient reports that apologetically recommend little more than the most minimal amounts of palliative care.

The only way others can risk trusting us is when we show up as ourselves. When we stop posing and lower our guard, others are more likely to follow suit. Then the deepest kind of healing can occur.