When our behavior isn’t in alignment with what we┬ábelieve is right and good, we feel stress. If we have a conscience and a minimum amount of self-awareness, we know that this kind of inner conflict is troubling and causes malaise. It casts a shadow over even our biggest successes because they are diluted with underlying anxiety and regret. We may feel disingenuous because we’re representing ourselves inaccurately. The impulse to pretend to be other than we are can be understandable, but it’s not nearly as rewarding as acting in alignment with the truth of…

Our authentic selves.