Do The Opposite

Here's a fun experiment you can try that will help you be more successful in life and business. Ready?

Do the opposite

Be courageous this week by doing the opposite of what everyone else does. This might sound nuts and even a little scary, but think about it for a moment. If you want to live it forward in your life and career, it actually makes a ton of sense. For instance…

When facing a significant challenge, purposefully do the opposite of what most people do, which is to avoid the situation or make excuses. Instead, try running at the challenge. You'll likely be shocked at the positive results you experience.

Feel like blaming a work associate, neighbor, or friend for something that's actually your issue? Do the opposite of what practically everyone else does…accept responsibility.

Are you about to give up on your dream life or business because the journey ahead seems too challenging? Do the opposite of what 99 percent of people do—refuse to quit! Go even one step further. Embrace the mantra: No matter how hard it is or how bad it gets, I'm going to make it.

Do you lack the courage to articulate your beliefs? Do the opposite! Stand up and respectfully share your thoughts.

Talk too much? Again, do the opposite…be quiet and listen. (Yikes! This one hits home with me.)

The legendary speaker and educator, Earl Nightingale, once said, “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.” Those sound like great odds, don't they?!

So, here's my challenge to you…

For the next 72 hours, no matter what difficulties or opportunities come your way, ask yourself, “What would most people do?” Then…do the exact opposite. You are almost guaranteed to make a better decision!

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