Sometimes we make the unfortunate choice of not being our true selves to gain a desired outcome. We put on a mask, and work a room trying to impress others.

You've heard the saying "fake it till you make it." This is the road to short-term gain, with consequences that could hurt -- or destroy -- your reputation and relationships.

Perhaps we put out a façade because we're afraid. Afraid of failure, or because of shame--how others will perceive us if they know our true identity, or the fact that we've been a "player" in the theater of life all this time.

By being real with yourself, dropping the masks and walking in the path of authenticity, you'll soon notice a drastic difference in who you attract, and how others treat you.

It won't be easy, but life will dramatically shift in a powerful and positive direction.

6 Amazing Benefits from Dropping The Masks and Being Real

1. Trust and respect: When you're true to yourself, you not only trust the judgments and decisions that you make, but others trust you as well. They'll respect you for standing by your values and beliefs.

2. Integrity: When you're real, you also have integrity. You don't hesitate to do the right thing, so you never have to second-guess yourself. Who you are, what you do, and what you believe in--all of these align perfectly.

3. Ability to deal with problems: When you're real with yourself and others, you have the strength and openness to deal with problems quickly, instead of procrastinating, or ignoring them altogether.

4. Realizing potential: When you trust yourself and do what you know is right, you can realize your full potential in life. Instead of letting others dictate what's best for you, you take control of your life.

5. Confidence and self-esteem: You can trust yourself to make the right decisions when you're being genuine and doing the right thing. In turn, this leads to higher self-confidence and self-esteem; greater optimism; and more life satisfaction.

6. Less stress: How would you feel if, every day, you said what you meant, stayed true to yourself, and behaved in accordance with this? Imagine the happiness, and self-respect you'd feel! Being real to yourself is far less stressful than being someone you are not.