Thought for the Week – The Authenticity Paradox


I hope you enjoyed last week’s Thought for the Week; “To Dare or not to Dare?” which was all about letting go of the image we portray externally so we can dare to be ourselves.

I also write a “Thought for the Week” blog each week which you can read below.

And the shocking thing is that, once we can overcome any fears and make that choice, it’s actually much easier to be our true authentic selves than have to play a role. That’s exhausting.

And if you have worked through this yourself, you will already know this!

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be a little cautious about what we reveal about ourselves and how vulnerable we are – it’s all about getting the right balance in each situation we are in.

For instance; in a social situation where we are with loved ones and close friends whom we trust, we will find it much easier to be ourselves. Whereas, if we go to a party where we don’t know people very well, of course, we will be a little more guarded.

At work, again if we are with colleagues we trust and know well, we will be more open and feel we can be ourselves.

Until we get our heads around all this, it is less comfortable for us to communicate authentically and confidently.

We express ourselves through speaking, writing, body language, creative endeavours (such as art and innovation), and our general demeanour. Often, however, how we express ourselves on the outside isn’t how we feel on the inside. In other words, our self-expression is inhibited or inauthentic.

At the same time, there is a clear line between being authentic and over-sharing because sharing personal problems has become a lot more socially acceptable.

To be an authentic person, what we say and what we do must align with what we believe.

And THIS is the seat of really effective communication once we master it.


Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.”

-Dau Voire-

[One of the top Health Influencers in the UK].


And I will leave you with that thought.

If you would like to have a complimentary one-to-one coaching session with me to explore this further, you can book a slot HERE

I will be in touch again with more thoughts and tips on how you, and / or your team can be more effective communicators.

With best wishes,


P.S. Check out The Communication Code

Published by korinnethrive

Hello, I’m Korinne … I work with Professional people who want to be more effective communicators so they can have more impact in all they do. Often business people believe they are doing OK and yet they know they are not getting the results they want and deserve. I’m passionate about helping people to achieve thir vision and get results. I have been working with Business Owners and Leaders for more that 25 years, helping them to realise their vision of what they truly want, overcome barriers to effective communication, so they can be the best version of themselves and thrive in their lives.

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