Staying True To Oneself

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Be True To Yourself * Be who you are…always be your genuine self * Follow your own value system * Listen to others advice, but make up your own mind * Let integrity guide you * Always “Stand Up For What You Believe IN” “Staying True To Yourself” What does staying true to oneself mean? It means to love yourself unconditionally and to be whom you are meant to be. It means not sacrificing who you are to fit in with others. As Shakespeare quoted, ‘To thine own self be true and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. This quote reflects being true to yourself means to act in accordance with who you are and what you believe. If you know and love yourself you will find it effortless to be true to yourself. Also, you cannot love others until you love yourself, and you cannot be true to anyone else until you are true to yourself. Be who you are! Have the courage to accept yourself as you really 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 from your peers. In today’s world 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 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 set out to do. When you do things that are not a reflection of the real you, you will not be happy with yourself. When you respect yourself, others will respect you. They will sense that you are strong and capable of standing up for yourself and your beliefs. Acts of respect are demonstrated daily with simple yet powerful acts of kindness, courtesy and politeness. Also, when you are true to yourself, you allow your individuality and
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