People who stay true to themselves usually have these 7 unique traits

Lots of us miss out on the chance to follow our curiosity or explore what we’re really interested in. 

Instead, we’re all taught the same stuff at the same time, and we spend hours just sitting and memorizing facts. 

And in the midst of that, there’s little to no space for creativity and exploring our real interests.

Furthermore, we always compare ourselves to others, judging our success by theirs. We care more about looking successful than actually feeling good about ourselves.

You see, staying true to yourself isn’t easy, but it’s something worth exploring. Ever thought about whether you’re really staying real or how you can do it better?

Let’s take a look at these seven unique traits and see if they sound like you!

1) You’re real and truthful when you talk to people

It’s tough and stressful to feel like you’re not being true to yourself. Trust me, I know. 

It’s like you’re hiding your true feelings, saying what you think others want to hear, and doing things you don’t really want to do, all because you feel like you should.

When I left home as a young adult, I initially struggled with being myself. New college folks, diverse music tastes, people from larger cities than mine… 

But I quickly learned that it’s better to be genuine and honest. Otherwise, it can backfire on you. 

That’s how I made lasting friendships. I showed my true self. It’s important not to pretend to be someone you’re not just to fit in. 

If you don’t have the same interests or beliefs, that’s okay. Be honest and share what you genuinely like. Your people will find you. 

If you don’t change your personality to please others, and you speak from the heart and share your thoughts without worrying about judgment, then you’re true to yourself.

But in all that, don’t forget to be a person who listens to others and responds sincerely.

2) You’re open to hearing and considering new thoughts and viewpoints

Those who stay honest with themselves don’t only follow their own opinions and ignore others. 

Even though you stick to your beliefs, you’re someone who respects and listens to others, even when you have different views.

If you stay true to yourself, you’re open-minded and eager to hear different ideas. This allows you to learn, grow, and see things from new perspectives.

For example, I’ve moved to several different countries, and despite holding onto my own beliefs, I have been enthusiastic about learning from people from various backgrounds. 

This experience helped me better understand the world and become more confident in my own identity within this diverse mix of cultures.

In essence, being true to your principles means being open to new ideas, even if they challenge your existing beliefs.

3) You bounce back from tough times and challenges

Have you ever missed out on a job you really wanted?

I’m sure that wasn’t a pleasant experience, but instead of feeling down for a long time, you thought very hard about what you were good at and kept looking for other jobs. 

And have you ever been through a tough breakup or divorce? It’s really hard for anyone, but it’s also a time for self-reflection and healing. 

Despite the tough times, you know you can come out of it even stronger.

You learned from what happened, and you moved forward. Being true to yourself gives you the strength to deal with whatever challenges come your way.

4) You show kindness and empathy

You know very well that everyone has their own struggles and challenges, and you often offer support to friends without expecting anything in return. 

If that’s you, then you’re truer to yourself than you think. 

You listen well when others talk without interrupting or judging. You show kindness and empathy by smiling at strangers, holding the door open for someone behind you, and helping a neighbor carry groceries.

But also by listening patiently when a friend needs to talk and comforting someone who’s feeling down.

It’s more than what others would do on any given day, so give yourself a pat on the back.

5) You know what you’re good at, where you struggle, and how you feel

Living by your values means knowing when to take a break to recharge or ask for help. When I was younger, I was great at organizing social events, but cooking wasn’t my strong suit. 

Instead of stressing over it, I focused on self-care by ordering food, freeing up more time to spend with loved ones. 

Why would I spend 3 hours in the kitchen, potentially ruining the food my friends will eat? It just wasn’t me.

Understanding your emotions is also key to staying genuine to yourself. I find joy in being with my family, but I also recognize the signs of stress when deadlines approach. 

By managing my workload effectively, I can go through each day more efficiently and stay grounded in who I am.

And continuously stressing about unfinished work and missing out on time with my family isn’t who I am.

6) Some people like you, some don’t, and that’s okay because

People who stay true to themselves understand that not everyone will like or agree with them, and that’s perfectly fine. 

People will always have their own opinions, but when you feel good about who you are and love yourself for it, others’ opinions matter less.

That’s why you’re great at saying “no” when needed and you take pride in your unique qualities. Standing out doesn’t bother you at all.

Plus, you’re really good at being kind to yourself, especially when things don’t go as planned. You totally get that mistakes are allowed to happen!

7) You trust your gut and choose your own path

And lastly, people who are authentic listen to their inner voice and trust their instincts when making decisions. 

They choose their own path and don’t rely on others to define their choices. 

It’s perfectly okay if you enjoy spending your free time reading books while your friends prefer watching movies, either at home or at the movies. 

You have the freedom to choose how you want to spend your spare time and what brings you happiness.

However, it’s also important to acknowledge that it’s okay to change your mind. If you realize that a choice you made doesn’t match who you are or what you believe in, you have the power to reconsider and make a different decision.

For instance, imagine someone who decides not to partake in drinking or gossiping, even if their friends pressure them to. 

This person stays true to themselves and trusts their own gut, even if it means going against the crowd.

Final thoughts

Discovering your true self is very important if you want to live a meaningful life. When you truly know yourself and what matters to you, you can confidently make your own path. 

It might be hard, especially when you’re young, as I experienced firsthand. But being true to yourself truly leads to a more satisfying life.

So get out there and make your mark on the world!

Adrian Volenik

Adrian Volenik

Adrian has years of experience in the field of personal development and building wealth. Both physical and spiritual. He has a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping people enhance their lives. Adrian loves to share practical tips and insights that can help readers achieve their personal and professional goals. He has lived in several European countries and has now settled in Portugal with his family. When he’s not writing, he enjoys going to the beach, hiking, drinking sangria, and spending time with his wife and son.

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