“If you want to be successful in life, simply watch what most people would do in a given situation, and then do the total opposite—nine times out of ten, you’ll receive greater rewards.” —Earl Nightingale
To show up and shine, whether in your personal life, your family life, or your career, you have to dare to be different. The reason? Anything worthwhile requires effort. To stand out from the crowd, you must swim upstream. And let’s face it, swimming upstream is much harder than floating downstream. That’s why the word “dare” fits so well with “different.” It takes guts to stand out. But not just guts. Effort. Push. Drive.
3 Questions to Help You Stand Out from the Crowd
Is there an area in your life you want to see improvement? An area where you want to stand out from the crowd? Then ask yourself the following three questions and you are guaranteed to show up and shine!
1. Why do I want to get better in this area?
Thought: Most people float downstream because it’s easier. It takes strength to swim against the current. Determining your “why” before diving in gives you strength for the swim ahead.
Action Step: Write down your “why” and put it in a place where you’ll regularly see it.
2. When you do get better in this area, what positive effects will it have on your life?
Thought: Your “why” is your mission. It’s the reason you dare to be different. This question is your vision. It’s the results you will achieve by being different.
Action Step: Write down the answer to this question as well. It’s important to read your mission and vision together.
3. What one thing can you do this week to get 1 percent better in this area?
Thought: Massive change is the sum total of lots of minute changes over time.
Action Step: Don’t think Top 10 List. Don’t even think two or three things. Focus on improving in just one area by just one percent each week. Do this and within a matter of a few months you’ll be shocked at how you stand out from the crowd.
Questions: Which question is most important to you as you dare to be different? Are there any questions you would add?