Firstly, what’s the difference between your Authentic Self and Your Best Self?
Your Authentic Self is what comes naturally to you and your Best Self is what you do to become a better version of yourself.
For example, your Authentic Self might like to sit around on the couch, eating pizza every night and watching reality TV because you couldn’t be bothered finding something better to watch. Your Best Self would go for a walk after work, cook a healthy dinner, clean up afterwards and watch a fabulous TV show you really enjoy, instead of wasting your evening.
The pursuit of self-improvement is basically trying to get your Best Self to kick your Authentic Self’s lazy ass.
For example, my Authentic Self bloody loves a bit of gossip. If you have a secret, my Authentic Self is practically pissing her pants with excitement. Pour her a glass of wine and start dishing immediately. My Best Self, tries to keep her nose out of other people’s business and is fully aware that gossiping is not very nice, kind or in keeping with the type of person I want to be.
My Authentic Self loves sleeping in on cold, frosty winter mornings. My Best Self gets up, drags on my gym gear and gets me in the car because my Best Self knows I’m going to have a far better day if I get up and get my workout out of the way.
My Authentic Self really wants to keep the $20 in change the cashier at the supermarket accidentally gave me. My Best Self knows that giving it back will save the poor check out kid from getting in trouble at the end of his shift for being down $20.
If your Authentic Self keeps sabotaging your Best Self, this week’s podcast is for you.