How to Always Be Yourself

How to Always Be Yourself

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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

The real you is the person you are when nobody is watching. But when other people enter the
picture, things can change. You can change.

How to Not Be Yourself In Three Easy Steps

  1. You see a person or a group of people.
  2. You analyze their personality, preferences, and relationship to you.
  3. You change based on how you wish to be perceived by the person/group.

It’s how a rough-around-the-edges guy becomes prince charming to get a girl. It’s how a shy
high schooler with no prior interest in drugs starts doing them to fit in. It’s how a jokester acts
serious around serious people so as not to offend anyone or get embarrassed.

It’s why some people like to keep friend groups separate, because they use a different identity
with each group.

There are benefits to altering yourself (such as fitting in nearly anywhere), but the consequence
is that every time you do it, the real you is hidden, and with enough repetition, you can lose
yourself in a pile of masks. It will never feel quite right either, because the real you is the only
version that feels completely natural.

I read a story on Reddit about a guy who used a fake Australian accent one day. His
convincingness impressed quite a few people and he got a kick out of it. Eleven years later, this
American is still believed to be Australian – complete with a fake history he made up – because
he never stopped pretending. He said his whole life feels like a lie and he doesn’t know how to
get out of it.

How to Always Be Yourself

To be yourself, don’t worry about yourself. It’s only when you analyze how you come across to
others and what others are thinking about you that behavior modification seems appealing.
When you look at others with yourself in mind, it’s like using them as a mirror – you try to see
yourself through their eyes and adjust the image accordingly.

When you’re by yourself, however, there’s nobody around to impress; no one to analyze. It’s
just you, and because of that, you don’t focus on yourself, but on what you’re doing. It’s the
answer to how to be yourself all the time. Shut down your inner clamoring for approval and
focus on being present in the external world. You’ll have a lot more fun.

Four Benefits of Being Yourself

  1. You instantly become a better listener. In the times I’ve not been a good listener, it was
    because I was thinking about myself or what I wanted to say. In the times I’ve listened well, I
    was present in the moment and tuned into the conversation, rather than worrying about
  2. You will be less manipulative. When you’re trying to adjust your hair in the mirror, you
    might look at it from different angles, try a few styles, and even tilt the mirror. Similarly, when
    you try to adjust your image through the eyes of another person, it often results in subtle
    manipulation to get them to see you in a different way, and people hate being manipulated for
    obvious reasons. If you’re being yourself, the real you is the person they see, and they’ll
    subconsciously appreciate your straight-forward identity; of course, people will still
    misinterpret who you are, but that will happen no matter what you do.
  3. Many people will like you more. When you act like yourself compared to managing your
    image, some people will like you more and some will like you less, and that’s the way it should
    be. People pleasers are often the ones who aren’t themselves, because they want to be liked by
    everyone, even though that is impossible with nearly 7 billion unique personalities and value
    systems. Be yourself and the people who naturally like your personality, will really like you for
    being genuine, and that’s worth it.
  4. You’ll feel more relaxed. Managing an image takes a lot of effort because you have to stifle
    your natural tendencies, analyze the environment, and fabricate a suitable image. But being
    yourself takes no effort at all – you react and live from the heart, so to speak. It’s relaxing to
    know that you don’t have to put on a front because you’re comfortable in your own skin!

Be Yourself Guidelines

  1. Do not aim to please. if you have to aim, you’re not being yourself. Even in situations of
    courtesy, you can act from your value of being courteous, rather than from wanting to
    appear courteous – let it come from within.
  2. Focus on being fully present in your external environment (rather than in your own
    internal world); react and create without over-analyzing.
  3. Do not worry about how others see you, or it will unnaturally alter your behavior and
    probably make you seem insecure.
  4. Get to know yourself. Take time to reflect on your values and how you really want to
  5. Learn to appreciate who you are now – faults and merits – and others will too.
  6. If you wish to change who you are, first develop your focus skill. Then, I recommend
    staying focused on changing one big area or perhaps two small areas at a time
    (whatever your willpower will allow, which typically isn’t much).