bigstock-The-words-Find-the-Truth-in-D-36693280Don’t you just hate dealing with fake people? I know I do. I would much rather have someone be brutally honest with me than to act phony and just tell me what they think I want to hear. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. Society values sincerity and keeping it real.

How do you go about your day? Do you live authentically and “keep it real?” Do you keep your interactions sincere and genuine?

Sincerity comes from the heart. It means living what you value and backing up your beliefs with your actions. It’s about “walking the walk” and pouring your passion into everything you do.

Being sincere requires being genuine and authentic to your self versus trying to project a certain image. Pretending to be someone you are not is a lot of work to keep up and others will eventually see right through you. Instead act naturally, as you would when you are alone or with close friends. Showing vulnerability can be scary, but it’s the basis of trust.

Do things for you and not for anyone else. Consider whether your acts come from the heart or to gain attention or approval. Actions you take that don’t reflect your passion and values come across as insincere. Instead do things without expecting reward, or even acknowledgement. Do them out of sincerity and from the goodness of your heart.

Don’t let yourself get caught up in a consumer mindset using material items to fill emotional needs. When you become too focused on the accumulation of “stuff” you lose sight of yourself and the sincerity in your heart. Resist the urge to consume, and nourish your spirit in a way that lets you find true peace and joy.

Have no worries if you struggle living sincerely at first. Many struggle with opening their hearts and being completely honest with themselves and to others. But keep trying, keep living your values, and soon sincerity will be second nature.