If you embrace these 9 flaws, you are living more authentically

Graeme Richards by Graeme Richards | June 6, 2024, 9:10 pm

Living authentically means acknowledging and embracing your flaws, not hiding them.

Authenticity is about owning who you are, warts and all. It’s about letting your true colors shine, even if they’re a little faded or chipped.

The truth is, the most authentic people are those who aren’t afraid to admit their flaws. And hey, embracing these imperfections can actually be a good thing.

Here are nine flaws you should embrace to live a more authentic life. Trust me, it’s a liberating experience.

1) Accepting imperfections

Let’s face it, nobody’s perfect, and that’s perfectly okay.

Embracing your flaws is the first step towards leading an authentic life. It’s about acknowledging that you’re a work in progress, and that’s okay.

The truth is, even the most successful people have flaws. They’ve just learned to accept them and use them as stepping stones to success.

So instead of hiding your imperfections, embrace them. Own them. They’re part of who you are.

Accepting your flaws doesn’t mean you’re settling for less than you can be. It means you’re acknowledging your humanity, which is a fundamental part of authenticity.

This journey might not be easy, but trust me, it’s worth it. In the end, you’ll find yourself living a life that’s true to who you are. And there’s nothing more liberating than that.

2) Not being afraid to fail

This one hits home for me.

A few years back, I was terrified of failure. The mere thought of it was paralyzing. So, I played it safe. I stayed in my comfort zone, never daring to venture out.

And guess what? I was miserable. I felt like I was just going through the motions of life, not really living it.

Then one day, I had an epiphany. I realized that failure isn’t the end of the world. It’s just a stepping stone on the path to success.

So, I started taking risks. I started a business. I tried new things. I failed…a lot. But with each failure, I learned something new about myself and about life.

Today, I embrace failure as a part of my journey towards authenticity. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

So don’t be afraid to fail. Embrace it. Learn from it. Grow from it. Remember, the only real failure in life is not trying at all.

3) Being emotionally vulnerable

Emotional vulnerability is often seen as a weakness, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, has spent years studying vulnerability. Her findings? Vulnerability is actually a sign of courage and strength.

Allowing yourself to be emotionally vulnerable means you’re brave enough to show your true feelings, even when it’s hard or uncomfortable. It’s about letting your guard down and allowing yourself to experience emotions fully, without judgment or self-criticism.

Embracing emotional vulnerability can lead to deeper connections with others and a greater understanding of oneself. It’s a key component of living authentically. So don’t shy away from your feelings. Feel them, express them, and learn from them.

4) Embracing uncertainty

Life is unpredictable. Just when you think you have everything figured out, something comes along and changes everything. And that’s okay.

Embracing uncertainty means accepting the fact that you can’t control everything. It’s about letting go of the need for predictability and security and learning to go with the flow of life.

Sure, it can be scary. It’s human nature to crave stability. But the most authentic moments often come from the unexpected twists and turns life throws our way.

Remember, it’s okay not to have all the answers. The beauty of life lies in its unpredictability. Embrace it, and watch as your authentic self flourishes.

5) Saying no when necessary

It’s easy to fall into the trap of being a people pleaser. We often say yes to things we don’t want to do, simply to avoid conflict or keep others happy. But this can lead to resentment and burnout over time.

Living authentically means having the courage to say no when something doesn’t align with your values or priorities. It doesn’t mean you’re being selfish or unkind, it means you’re honoring your own needs and boundaries.

So the next time you’re asked to do something you don’t want to, take a moment. Consider whether it’s something that serves you and aligns with your authentic self. If it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to politely decline.

Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

6) Accepting change

Change can be hard. It can be scary. It can be uncomfortable. But it’s also a necessary part of life.

When we resist change, we resist growth. And without growth, we can’t live authentically.

Every change, no matter how big or small, brings with it an opportunity for self-discovery and personal development. It’s a chance to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.

So instead of fearing change, embrace it. Let it shape you. Let it strengthen you. Let it guide you towards your authentic self.

Remember, it’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it’s the one most adaptable to change. So adapt, grow, and live authentically.

7) Owning your mistakes

There was a time when I couldn’t bear the thought of making a mistake. I’d go to great lengths to hide them, even from myself.

But I’ve come to realize that mistakes are inevitable. They’re part of being human. And more importantly, they’re opportunities for growth and learning.

Now, I try to see each mistake as a stepping stone towards becoming a better version of myself. Instead of hiding them, I own them. I learn from them. And I use them as fuel to improve and grow.

Owning your mistakes is a sign of maturity and authenticity. It shows that you’re not afraid to be imperfect, and that you’re committed to personal growth.

So the next time you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up. Own it, learn from it, and move forward. It’s all part of the journey towards living authentically.

8) Letting go of the past

The past can hold us back in many ways. Past mistakes, past failures, past heartbreaks – they can all keep us stuck in a cycle of regret and self-doubt.

But living authentically means letting go of the past and focusing on the present. It’s about acknowledging your past experiences, learning from them, and then moving forward.

Holding onto the past can prevent you from fully experiencing the present and planning for the future. It can cloud your judgment and keep you from being your authentic self.

So let go. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes. Learn from your experiences. And then let them go.

Remember, you can’t change the past, but you can learn from it and use it to shape your future. So focus on the now and look forward to what’s to come. Your authentic self will thank you.

9) Listening to your inner voice

At the end of the day, the most authentic voice you can listen to is your own. It’s that little voice inside that tells you what feels right and what doesn’t.

Your inner voice is your compass, guiding you through life. It’s always there, nudging you towards authenticity.

So tune out the noise of the world. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop trying to live up to societal expectations. Instead, listen to your inner voice.

Trust it. Follow it. Let it guide you towards your authentic self.

Remember, authenticity starts and ends with you. So listen to yourself, trust yourself, be yourself. There’s no one more qualified for the job.

Embrace your authentic self

Life is a journey of self-discovery and growth. And authenticity is at the heart of it all.

Embracing your flaws doesn’t mean you’re accepting mediocrity. It means you’re acknowledging that being human involves imperfections. It involves mistakes, failures, and uncertainties. And that’s okay.

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to life. What works for one person may not work for another. And that’s the beauty of it all. We’re all unique, and we all have our own path to tread.

At the end of the day, the most authentic life you can live is one that’s true to who you are. It’s about listening to your inner voice, honoring your values and experiences, and embracing your unique journey.

So embrace your flaws. Embrace change. Embrace uncertainty. Embrace yourself.

Because you are enough, just as you are. And there’s nothing more authentic than that.