Authentic at Every Age

No matter how old you are, you can still become more you! That is what Sean Knows!!!

A 78-year-old man today said, “Sean, I appreciate that you said you are going to help me be more me, but I don’t know if you can. I also don’t know if that’s what you really want.”  That was before we got started. As he stepped off the stage after about an hour-and-a-half of coaching him through public speaking, he said, ‘Well, I guess you CAN get me to be more me.’  That’s all I was wanting to do. There is always more of us hiding behind any story that we tell. Authenticity is a matter of dropping the façade that you’ve put on over a lifetime. A 17-year-old, 30-year-old, or 78 year young person, or at any age, has the chance to become more themselves. What does that mean? Let’s look at the definition.

Screenshot_2013-11-13-11-56-05-1    Let’s focus on the first definition there even though I know you will look at the second one, too. See! There you go. Back to the first definition, “of undisputed origin; genuine.” Let’s add some enthusiasm to that…”OF UNDISPUTED ORIGIN; GENUINE!!!!!”

If I were to ask you to stand up (or sit up in your chair) with complete authenticity (OF UNDISPUTED ORIGIN; GENUINE!!!!), how would you be sitting or standing?  If I were to ask you to walk of your own genuine way, to give a look and make a face (maybe a smile) without dispute that it is uniquely YOURS, what would that look like? You are of undisputed origin and everything that you do can be a reflection of that. If you were given the chance to be completely you, what would that be like? What would that create? Who would you be?

Guess what? You DO have that chance! That is what life is about! That is the chance that you have here in this life. At any age, you can be authentic and express it.

“But no, Sean. I can’t. I am not even sure what that is like because I’ve never had the chance.”  I understand. Even now, we are still searching for a way to be ourselves even more. Right here and now we are seeking a way to experience ‘authenticity’ OF UNDISPUTED ORIGIN; GENUINE!!!!! but the grand thing is that it is much more simple than we tend to make it.

“There you go,” I told a few of them all that day. “There you are. Bring YOU tomorrow and you can’t go wrong.”

I was humbled and honored to experience the budding of authenticity in those I worked with today.

Tomorrow is the big day! TEDxCorpusChristi where we get to Share Our Voices.

No matter how old you are, you can still become more you! That is what Sean Knows!!!

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