Are we acting?

Johnny Depp has proven himself time and time again as a great actor. His ability to invest himself into a part and “become” the character he has been asked to play is a credit to his talent, preparation and quest for more than just “playing a part”.

He is quoted as saying, “With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.”

We all have people in our lives who require a different context for our interaction with them. We are different with family than we are with business associates; we modify our language around customers as opposed to co-workers. Throughout our lives we shift in different modes when faced with different situations and different people.

We must maintain ourselves in those transitions. Authenticity is not defined by the minute actions and information exchanged, it is defined by the inner force behind those actions. People know when we are faking. Not because the don’t believe the words we are saying, but because they don’t believe the “we” that are saying them.

When we don’t believe what we say we mutiny against ourselves. Subliminal sabotage results as we embark in conversations, relationships or proposals that we are not confidently secure in at the onset.

When Paul spoke of being “all things to all people”, methods and decorum were the items that changed, not the authenticity of the message. Center yourself around your message, only when you believe it will you have any chance of securing belief from others.

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