How many people do you know today that you can say are 100 percent truly living out their authentic self? How often do you find this in the people you come across? In today’s world it is hard to find genuine, authentic people that display integrity and line up their actions with their words. In our world we try to hold up a perfect outside reputation of ourselves instead of investing in the inside character that we most desperately need. Think of a time where you thought you did a good job of representing your true self to someone? How did that make you feel when you expressed your true thoughts and beliefs?
In my past and especially in college I had always been pressured to do what society was telling me to do. I would be told I needed to make a lot of money, be athletic, be tough, or get into a career that made me look like I was successful just like every other man out there. I began to reflect on what it meant to be successful and found that the more I focused on what society wanted me to be, the less happy I became. I was being forced to be someone that I am not and to do the things that would look good in society’s eyes instead of my own. I had to be valued by my peers instead of being valued by myself. This realization of not conforming to society and standing up for my beliefs, interests, and purpose has given me clarity and strength to fulfill my potential as the person I was meant to become. Why do we struggle to be our authentic self? Why do we have to conform to what others think we should believe when it leads to our own self destruction? We seem to always seek to be a part of something bigger than ourselves to feel like we belong. Instead of trying to be a part of the crowd, what if we all stood out of the crowd to let our purpose positively impact our communities by living out our true, authentic self?
The idea of “knowing thyself” has brought peace, security, and purpose to my life and I have made it my mission to help others find that same belief within them. Whether you are looking for understanding and clarity in business, your community, or in your own personal life, I want to help you look for the answers that are waiting to be revealed from within you. I am excited to help you and others on their journey for making it a goal to live out your life authentically, making a difference by the person you have been waiting to discover.
Carl currently resides in Wichita, KS where he coaches and consults businesses, community groups, and individuals with Exemplify.