If you know and love yourself you will find it effortless to be true to yourself.
Just as you cannot love anyone else until you love yourself, you cannot be true to anyone else until you are true to yourself.
Begin by not being afraid to be who you are!
As difficult as it may seem at first, have the courage to accept yourself as you are, not as someone else thinks you should be. Do not take action or pretend to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance.
Many young people believe that when they do things to please their peers, such as drink when they shouldn't, or behave and party in inappropriate ways, they will be popular and well-liked. They go against the advice of their parents or their own common sense only to find themselves in trouble and not accomplishing what they hoped.
When you do things that are not genuine or a reflection of the
real you, you will be both confused and unhappy with yourself.
You willl be confused and unhappy because you won't know whom to please, or how.
Self-respect comes from being true to the real you and from acting in alignment with your fundamental nature.
When you respect yourself, others will respect you. They will sense that you are strong, confident, and capable of standing up for yourself and your beliefs.
When you are true to yourself, you allow your individuality and uniqueness to shine through. You respect the opinions of others but do not conform to stereotypes, or the expectations of others.
Being true to yourself takes courage. It requires you to be introspective, sincere, open-minded and fair. It does not mean you are inconsiderate or disrespectful of others. It means you will not let others define you or make decisions you should make for yourself.
Be true to the very best of who you are and live life consistent with your highest values and aspirations.
Those who are successful in life dare to express their true selves with the wonderful side effect of broadening the perspective of others.