What does it look like to be “radically you”? To take radical responsibility for actions you aren’t proud of. To extend radical empathy to others. To practice radical self-care and self-compassion.
It’s about being authentic. Not in a way that is belligerent or “in your face” but rather in a calm, self-confident way. When we let go of trying to be who we think others want us to be, we make space for the glorious woman at our core to shine through.
At my core I am courageous, loving, intelligent, powerful, beautiful, adventurous, generous, sensitive, vulnerable, driven, catalytic, decisive, empathic, and fun. At times, my struggle with false beliefs about myself keep me from showing up as loving, kind, or fun. Dips in self-confidence impact my decisiveness, drive, and ability to connect with people on a deep level. When I find myself exhibiting behavior I want to change, I know I am not being radically me and that I need to take a profound stance to peel away false beliefs that are holding me back.
I chose Radically Me for the name of my coaching business because it is a deeply meaningful philosophy in my life. The word radical is one of those special words whose meaning has seemingly flipped over time but actually tells us of the relatedness of two disparate ideas.
Here is the contemporary meaning of "radical":
- (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching, thorough, comprehensive, profound
However, looking at the origin of the word historically, it meant:
- of or having roots, going to the origin, essential
How can these two meanings, expansiveness and rootedness, be connected? How can they not be? Imagine the symbol of the tree of life. It doesn’t just show what is happening above ground. The expansive tree, reaching its branches into the air, is reliant on a root system to provide nutrients for growth. Similarly, in our own paths of spiritual development, what is happening under the surface is critical to what shows up above.
In my coaching practice, I strive to help others find their authentic selves and break through inner barriers that hold them back.