If you want to live it forward and become a great leader, you have to dare to be different. The reason? Most worthwhile goals require you to swim upstream. And let’s face it, swimming upstream is more challenging than floating downstream. That’s why the word “dare” fits so well with “different.” It takes guts to live it forward. But not just guts. Effort. Push. Drive.
Is there an area in your life you want to see improvement? An area where you want to show up and shine so that you stand out from the crowd? Then ask yourself the following three questions…
3 Questions to Help You Show Up and Shine Every Day
1. Why do I want to get better in this area?
Thought: Most people float downstream because it’s the easiest alternative. No effort is required. On the other hand, it takes courage and strength to swim against the current. That’s why determining your “why” before diving in is so important. It gives you strength for the swim ahead.
Action Step: Write down your “why” and put it in a place where you’ll read it every single day.
2. What positive affects will you see in your life by improving in this area?
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 becoming different.
Action Step: Reading your mission and vision together is more powerful, so write down the answer to this question and post it alongside of your “why.”
3. What one action can you take this week to get one percent better in this area?
Thought: Massive change is the sum total of lots of small changes over time.
Action Step: Don’t think Top 10 List. Don’t even think two or three actions. Focus on improving in just one area by just one percent each week. Do this and within a matter of months you’ll be shocked at how you stand out from the crowd and how well you show up and shine!
Questions: Which question is most important to you as you dare to be different? Are there any questions you would add?