Be Yourself – GSWNY Influencer Series 08 – Sonia Croxie

My journey to being my authentic self

My journey to being my authentic self has come by just living, going through life’s experiences, and dealing with them the best way I know how.  However, I believe the key to being your authentic self is to surround yourself by like-minded, positive people who share the same goals and aspirations as you.  It is important that the people you keep the closest to you are people who you can grow and learn from, all while they are also willing to push you, cheer for you and support you in your own goals and endeavors.  As an only child, I used to be shy, afraid of failure, did not like the spotlight, and used to be comfortable with always playing the lessor role.  However, many of those things you would have never known because I never carried myself like that on the outside.  However, over the years as I grew older and wiser, and again, based on the company I kept around me, I was able to gain my confidence, self-awareness and realize my self-worth.  I was fortunate enough to have people in my life who guided me spiritually, supported me, and equipped me with the necessary tools that gave me the confidence and self-assurance to know it was okay for me to be my authentic self.  Now, I proudly live my life unapologetically how I choose to live it.   

Ways to be yourself

Understand that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made by God.  He created you in HIS image, so no matter what you do, as long as you give HIM your best you are ENOUGH.

Have the desire to be the best version of you as possible. 

Recognize your strengths and weaknesses. 

Do You!  Don’t worry about what other’s are doing. 

Be genuine and true.  Phoniness and fakeness is not necessary.

Challenges people face by being their authentic self

Sometimes, when you go against the norm, and choose to do your own thing you may face ridicule.  Dare to be Different!

Becoming caught up in what other’s think of you. 

Remaining your authentic self in the face of adversity

Being your authentic self takes courage and perseverance.  You have to stay to true to yourself and your beliefs in order to accomplish the mission. 

There is no testimony without a test.  Even during adversity, find the good and the learning lesson in the situation.  Don’t turn away from yourself during adversity; adversity helps to continue building your character a defines who you are as a person.

To Thine Own Self Be True! If you are not happy with yourself and the things you are doing you can’t be a blessing to anyone else.  

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