We’ve all experienced it: that uneasy, lingering feeling that something is off balance. When that little voice in your head is speaking, but you can’t quite figure out what it’s saying. When you hear yourself saying one thing, but your gut instinct is in opposition to your words. Sometimes it’s not very clear, but it’s there. And that’s your truth speaking. So what does it mean to honor your truth? It seems easy in concept, but can often be difficult in practice— especially with so many external factors at play. We are surrounded by ads, opinions, images, and even people that can make it a challenge to listen to our own voices.
I’m a person who has luckily never had much of a problem with sticking to my convictions, and even I find all of the noise out there to be overwhelming at times. However, there are ways to cut through the clutter! Here are 5 tips that will help you to recognize your inner voice and stand in your truth.
1. When In Doubt, Write It Out
If you’re not sure where to start honoring your truth, journaling can be a useful tool in connecting with your inner voice. Ask yourself what your values are, what is most important to you in life, and list them out. It’s simple, effective, and might give you a surprising amount of clarity. If you can’t pinpoint your convictions, how can you be expected to be grounded in them?
2. Just Say No
This one seems easy enough, but can be quite difficult for many. And that’s okay! Most of the time saying yes leads to unexpected opportunities and fun experiences. But it can also be a detriment to your mental health if you feel that you’re saying it too frequently or being taken advantage of. This is when a simple no can be extremely powerful. It’s not rude, and it doesn’t mean you’re incapable. In fact, it shows just how capable you are of setting healthy boundaries for yourself! Next thing you know you’ll be rattling off Brené Brown quotes and going on self-help retreats in the desert.
3. Speak Up
Next time you feel uneasy, or think that a conversation or situation is heading in the wrong direction, stop for a moment. There’s a reason you’re feeling this way, and you shouldn’t just dismiss it. If it’s appropriate to speak up and voice what’s bothering you, do so. Sometimes, honoring your truth has to mean acting on that truth as well. You don’t have to say things in a perfectly eloquent way either— you’re human. Just be honest in the moment. In the long run, it will feel so much better than going over it in your mind hours later when the opportunity has passed.
4. Go For What You Want
If you’re feeling stuck or unhappy in your career, relationship, or any other sphere of your life, ask yourself this question: Is this really what I want? Knowing what you want is half the battle! Once you’re clear on this, it becomes a lot easier to communicate, plan, and problem solve. It can be sobering to admit to yourself what you actually want and need, but ultimately worth it. Every step you take to honor your truth will start to connect back to your goal, which will undoubtedly give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction.
5. Review Your Friends List
Friendships are extremely important to us as humans and can bring so much color and joy to your world. In the same way, the wrong friendships can wreak havoc on your life. If there’s a particular person in your circle that perpetuates drama or brings you down, don’t be afraid to start emotionally and physically distancing yourself. Your friends are an extension of your own values and beliefs, and are there to uplift and support you. Life is too short for fake friends. Luckily you’re an adult and don’t have to invite the entire class to your birthday party!
I hope this list allows you to examine what you are actively doing in your life to honor your truth. It’s easy to ignore our inner voices, because facing the truth can just be plain scary. But with a little practice it will get easier, and your life will continue to bloom in new ways. Staying true to yourself always pays off.