This post is all about owning your truth
Looking to own your truth?
Well, let me start with some questions…
Are you living a life that is true to yourself? Or are you living someone else’s version of what they think is the right way to live?
I hope you answered those questions honestly! Lol.
I’ve found out, especially during the short time when I was a therapist, that so many people go through life without ever taking the time to figure out their truth. They just do what everyone else tells them to do and never really question it.
In this blog post, I’ll discuss seven ways to own your truth and live a life that is authentic to yourself!
But can I add a quick caveat? As a Christian owning your truth has to be congruent with the will of God and the word of God! ❤️
Ready? Let’s go!
My “own your truth” journey
I have gone through many phases in my life trying to get closer to who I am supposed to be. There were times when I felt lost and confused, unsure of what direction I wanted to take or even who I was. For example, I used to blog anonymously, and after over 15 years of blogging, I came clean to the real me in 2021. I no longer referred to myself as “Made of Still” but “Heather Chesiyna.”
This courage didn’t come overnight. There was much contemplation and conversation with God. Then it dawned on me that I had a part of myself that needed to be expressed fully so that I could live out my purpose. But embracing this truth meant taking a risk which scared me. It felt like the unknown was too great for me to handle alone.
So today, I confided in my childhood friend about a brand new leap of faith I was considering taking. I told her I was thrilled that I decided to accept and own my truth – the part of myself that I wanted to express and bring into reality. As soon as I disclosed to my friend, it felt like a weight was lifted off my chest. Holding it in had been suffocating me, but I felt a new sense of freedom in talking about it.
I truly felt like I gave myself permission to be who God intended me to be, trusting that what He has planned for me is exceedingly abundantly more than anything I could ever imagine (see Ephesians 3:20-21). And so, with an open heart, I took the leap of faith, knowing that what awaits me will be far greater than any fear or doubt I may have had before taking this step.
By owning my truth, embracing my unique gifts and talents, and daring to venture out on a path that has been ordained for me, I have opened up the door to a life full of joy, passion, and purpose. And it all started with taking that first step of faith and trusting God’s plan for my life.
Now I know I’m talking in morse code because I’m not divulging what exactly I “owned,” but don’t worry…you will soon find out, and I can’t wait to share it with you once God releases me! But I can confidently say that I am living out my truth and fulfilling what I was created to do!
This blog post is a reminder for everyone that your truth may be scary, but when you own it, amazing things will come from it. So fix your eyes on Jesus and take action on becoming the truest version of YOU. Trust in Him, who knows the plans He has prepared for you (see Jeremiah 29:11). Have faith and know that no matter how great the risk may seem – His plans are greater than anything we could imagine. I am eternally grateful for this journey and to God, who has been with me each step of the way.
Please ensure that you take time to reflect on your lives and be true to who you are meant to be. Life is too short not to be living out our dreams!
Owning the truth is difficult
Owning your truth is not a simple task, but it’s an important one.
Let’s pause and read it again…
Owning your truth is not a simple task, but it’s an important one.
Why is it difficult? Because you are going against the mundane, the typical…you are going against the grain! That requires some grit! It’s hard work y’all!
We all have truths—they come from different places within us: our beliefs, interests, passions, and experiences shape them. I believe God deposits them in our Spirit and hardwires them kinda like DNA to us. We just feel drawn to whatever it is because that’s God’s blueprint for our purpose-filled lives. Remember…we are created for good works (see Ephesians 2:10).
So I don’t know what your “own your truth” is…but here are some general guidelines highlighting that it’s not easy…
Owning your truth can be challenging and may require the following:
- Being honest about who you are and what you believe in, regardless of the external pressures or influences around you.
- Staying on the course when faced with temptation and not giving in to the opinions of others.
- Being courageous—taking risks and standing up for what you believe in despite any opposition or fear.
- Requires faith—faith that no matter how challenging the journey may be.
- It may require facing uncomfortable truths and making changes that you feel are necessary for personal growth.
- You may also have to learn how to handle criticism from others who don’t agree with your decisions or lifestyle (or faith-style) choices. LOL…I just made up that word “faith-style” and I kinda like it.
Enough of the doom and gloom already…yes, yes…there are challenges but here is the encouragement: God will always provide us with the strength and courage to stay true to our purpose.
Owning our truth is essential to living out our purpose on earth. When we are true to ourselves, it gives us the freedom to explore all life offers and be joyous in its many forms. We can become powerful forces for good when we allow God’s plan for us to manifest in our lives. Therefore, taking ownership of your truth is crucial to being a faithful Christian.
Owning your truth requires authenticity
Authenticity is an integral part of mental health and well-being. It involves understanding yourself and truthfully living your life. Owning your truth means being honest with yourself, telling the truth to others, and embracing all that comes with it — even if it’s uncomfortable or difficult.
When you own your truth, you are more likely to feel more confident in who you are as a person. You will be less likely to put on false facades or pretend to be someone else just to impress others. Instead, you can focus on being true to yourself and expressing your authentic self without fear of judgment or criticism. This can lead to greater emotional stability, improved relationships, and better coping skills when faced with stressful or difficult situations.
Authenticity and owning your truth often intersect in many ways. By understanding yourself and embracing all that it means to live an authentic life, you can gain greater self-confidence, emotional stability, healthier relationships, better coping skills, and much more. Although it can be difficult at times, the rewards of owning your truth are worth it.
7 Legit Ways to Own Your Truth
These legit tips will help you live a life that is more aligned with who you truly are. The tips are super practical!
1. Get to know yourself deeply
Take some time away from the noise and distractions of everyday life in order to reconnect with yourself. Find out what makes you tick, what beliefs inspire or limit you, and how you want to live your life. Knowing who you are is an important first step when it comes to owning your truth…also know whose you are by understanding your identity in Christ!
2. Write the vision and make it plain
It’s not enough to just think about the kind of life you want; take it one step further by actually visualizing that life for yourself on a regular basis. Whether through prayer or journaling, allow yourself to really connect with your dreams and desires so that they become tangible goals for you to strive towards.
I’m a staunch advocate for Christian vision boards. Here is my 3-step process to create a vision board, and it also includes a YouTube video tutorial and a 7-day vision mapping challenge! This is all based off Habakkuk 2:2-3, “Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”
3. Challenge your limiting beliefs
We all have beliefs that stem from our upbringing, society, and personal experiences. Some of these may hold us back from reaching our full potential; it’s crucial to identify and challenge the ones that are stopping you from owning your truth. I always advocate for replacing negative thoughts and beliefs with God’s truth.
4. Set meaningful goals for yourself
Once you know what you want out of life and have identified any limiting beliefs, set achievable goals for yourself in order to move forward in a positive direction. Break down big goals into smaller, manageable steps (or chunks) and ensure they align with who you are and where you want to be.
5. Take inspired action
The most important part of achieving your goals is taking action towards them. Stay focused on the positive outcome you want and take daily steps towards making it happen.
P.S It’s also important that you do a self-review (an audit or accountability of sorts). I try to do a check in with myself or at times I pull in my accountability partner to discuss my progress! If you want to know the benefits of accountability partners, click here.
6. Speak your truth
One of the most empowering things you can do is to speak up for what you believe in, even if it’s not a popular opinion. Share your stories, express your feelings honestly, and be brave enough to stand up for yourself when needed.
7. Surround yourself with support
It’s important to have people around us who lift us up when we need them. Find a strong support system of family, friends, mentors, or coaches who understand and accept you for who you are and help you stay true to yourself along the way.
And that’s it, folks- own your truth!
I hope this post has encouraged you to be confident and unapologetic about who you are at your core. I pray that you learn to embrace your unique gifts and talents and choose to use them – even when it may be uncomfortable – to live out your purpose.
Friends, please be brave enough to venture off on the path God ordained for you, trusting that God has plans far greater than you can ever imagine.
I leave you with a song by one of my favorite Christian boy bands….wooohoo!
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