Published on Aug 16, 2012 at 9:37 a.m. ET

Being authentic in business is a beautiful thing, and when I’m truly being ‘me,’ work hardly feels like work, and I’m smiling constantly. One of the advantages of being a small business owner is that I can give personalized, one-on-one attention to each of my clients, and it’s a real joy when each interaction leaves both parties feeling energized and inspired.

In the past, this wasn’t always the case, as I took on certain clients to meet my monthly revenue marks, but in my heart and gut, knew they weren’t the best fit.

Oprah said it best, “Anybody pretending to be anything other than who you really are will never, ever reach your personal potential.”

Today, this is my personal ‘Mpact Manifesto:’

  • Do what makes you happy and ignites your spirit. Realize that just because a potential client works within your area(s) of interest, if the personal chemistry and energy is off, walk away.
  • Be true to yourself and what inspires your work and thoughts. If this involves a long run, dancing around, setting up shop in a coffee shop, meditating, pole dancing, scaling a jungle gym etc. honor that because it’s YOUR personal, creative process.
  • Realize that at the start of each new project there will be tinges of excitement and fear, but allow a moment to feel these feelings, then, dive right in!
  • I am responsible for the energy that I allow into my space, as well as the energy that I give off. I choose to surround myself with positive, like-minded people in all areas of my life.
  • Accept that it’s impossible to know everything, but where there’s passion and a willingness to learn, anything can be accomplished.
  • Never be afraid to speak up or change your mind. As long as I’m operating from a place of integrity and love, everything will be okay.

How do you remain authentic in business?

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