On my bathroom mirror, I have written:
Remember the mission.
I think I wrote it a few weeks ago and I cannot even remember why I felt compelled to change the previous message. What I do know for sure is that I see it far more than I have seen many of my previous bathroom mirror messages, and it makes me think every time I do.
Am I getting distracted? Am I being authentic? Do I remember what I intended to be doing? I tend to be more easily distracted in real life, so I am reminding myself to stay focused on my intentions for this year. Authenticity is synonymous with being genuine, but I like the work authentic better. Am I keeping it real?
A few weeks ago, I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to do more. I was ready to do more once Duke’s work here was done, so I was ready and felt like I couldn’t. I felt like I couldn’t have the reach I believed I needed to help people help themselves—to help even more people to help themselves. It was authentic, and it was not self-serving in the least. Quite the opposite really.
Bam, Pow, Shazaam…
Three weeks later, I am in a position to expand the reach to more people. In a whirlwind of interestingly timed events and genuine speaking out for the mission of a broader reach, it happened. It all seemed synchronistic and very fast for me. I am fairly certain that I played only a very small role in all of it, except for authentically expressing myself at the opportune times.
My poor brain was reeling after so much positive happening, one thing after the next, and I was looking forward to a much-needed break from it to assimilate and process all of it over a three-day weekend.
I started thinking about authenticity most of all. I value this very much both personally and professionally. I know if someone is being real or genuine quickly in an interaction. I want to make sure that I am being real and genuine too. I am not sure I have ever been more authentic in my life as an adult, and I am proud of that.
What I have learned is that being authentic gets you farther, and further serves you than trying to be someone or something you aren’t. I learned that long ago, and now I learn it again, but on a different level. I am starting to really enjoy just being me. I love having no hidden agenda. Whatever is, well, it is. If I want to make it better, then I just say so because there is nothing to lose by doing so.
So, I am keeping that message up on my mirror for a bit longer. There is a lot of work ahead.