When you choose to be the author of your own life you have greater access to the wisdom that was meant for you.
Genuine authority is only found within. Authentic, authority and author all share the same word root. The origin of authentic is authoritative, which means acting as one’s own authority. That’s exactly the self-acclaimed credibility that you need to declare as a solo practitioner who chooses to be the author of your own life.
You are your own best authority. You know what works best for you and what doesn’t. Even though it may feel more comforting to receive validation from another, your best bet, by far is to trust yourself.
To be the author of your own life is to courageously make the choices that are aligned with who you are.
If you’ve been doubting yourself and going through a crisis of self-confidence chances are you’ve not been following your own true path. The authority to do so can’t be given; it can only be claimed by you.
“I have as much authority as the Pope; I just don’t have as many people who believe it.” — George Carlin
Like many of Carlin’s best lines, he wasn’t really kidding. In the design and authoring of your own life, you have more authority and greater wisdom than any recognized authority.
Without recognition of your own authority, you have not really accepted responsibility. Without responsibility, you don’t have dominion, power, or the prerogative to call your own shots. In this sorry state, you might as well remain a victim blaming everything and everyone else for the fate you created.
Certifications and educational degrees are sometimes necessary but the bottom line is that these kinds of outside-in validation are just someone else telling you what’s right for you.
Everyone needs to question authority because bureaucratic organizations rarely have our best interests at heart. Outside validation often causes you to compare yourself to what others have done.
Comparing you to others while at the same time caring too much about what others think is a painful, inauthentic way of living.
Your success is not dependent on the government, the economy or any other outside authority. Your success is up to you and that’s a good thing.
Along with that responsibility, comes your ability and authority to write the script of your own life.
You’re writing it anyway, whether you’re aware of it or not. Might as well add some intentionality to your script and author the life that you most want to live. Begin by applying here.