Daring to be different is usually a tough decision to make. Not only is it a hard nut to crack but also involves taking dogged steps. The decision to be different involves being innovative, extraordinary, creative and a step or more ahead of others and that’s not always easy!
Although, it is not always a smooth ride, but would you rather remain the way you are, join the bandwagon and be miserable for the rest of your life or take up that challenge, face the tension, pressure and reproach for a while then have a fulfilling life thereafter?
“Unhappiness and frustration happen when we reject our uniqueness and try to be like each other. If you’re going to be successful at being completely you, then you’re going to have to take a chance on not being like everyone else”. Joyce Meyer, an Author.
You are showing your creativity, innovation and vision, when you try to be different. Everyone may not like you, just stick to your goal.
“If you want to be successful in life, simply watch what most people do in a given situation, and then do the total opposite, nine times out of ten, you’ll receive total rewards” – Author Earl Nightingale
“If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.” – Author Elaine S. Dalton
You should be proud of the fact that you are unique and that the world needs you to make your contribution.
When the decision to be different has been finalized, the following will help you pull achievable strides:
- Draft your vision
- Make a commitment to be different and share it with others who can help you achieve that
- Build self-confidence. You can do this by engaging in serious research, read books and watch videos.
- Take a risk. You need to develop the guts to do things that others are not doing.
- Act! Use every available opportunity.
- Keep acting, expand your daring. The more you do it, the easier and better it becomes.
In daring to be different Earl Nightingale an American author suggested you ask the following questions;
- Why do I want to get better in this area?
Write down your “why” and put it in a place where you’ll read it every single day.
- What positive effects will you see in your life by improving in this area?
Write down the answer to this question and post it alongside of your “why.”
- What one action can you take this week to get one percent better in this area?