If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.Elaine S. Dalton
Do you remember Apple’s tagline- “Think Different”? Well, their motto is quite clear- to live a richer, more rewarding life, you must run your own race. You have to “Be Yourself”. You have to ” Be Different”. Dare to “Be Unorthodox”.
Ask Yourself -Why Everyone is Doing It?
Always question WHY. Just because everybody else is doing it, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea or even that it’s working.
Stop being to the demands of social pressure at the expense of your uniqueness. When you study the lives of the world’s most enlightened and effective people, you will see that they did not care about what other people thought of them. Rather than letting public opinion dictate their actions, they dared to let their hearts drive them.
They take us beyond the horizons of similarity to pave new perimeters. And in taking the road less travelled, they found success beyond their wildest dreams.
Be The Odd One Out!
The way to change the world, or at least your world, is to dare to be different. When you dare to be unique, you step out of the mould, and you make space for your creativity. When you dare to be odd, sometimes you stand alone. But alone is where your unique creative contribution can thrive.
One of the best quotations about the importance of being unorthodox comes from Christopher Morley, who said-
Benefits of being different
1. Builds True Relationships
When you are being true to yourself, you attract authentic people in your life. The people who will stick with you through thick and thin. So you will create a network of supportive, uplifting and even fun folks you can genuinely call friends.
2. No Anxiety
Hiding and pretending can be emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually exhausting. The more you allow yourself to be yourself, the less stress will be in your life and the more relaxed you’ll be in every area of your life.
3. More Productivity
You know it’s true. It’s only by digging deep into yourself that you discover ideas that resonate with others. You’re able to see WHY you can look at something and love it, hate it, or be bored by it. When you’re not stressed out and can focus on what’s going on in front of you rather than trying to live as who you aren’t, your productivity in your work, your play and your life, in general, will skyrocket.
4. No Manipulation
When you’re comfortable with yourself and have people around you who also love you for you, the void of feeling alone is filled and there is no need to “play” with the feelings of yours or others. You free up space for your relationships to grow and become even healthier than they already are.
5. You will Dream Big
Surviving each day being untrue to yourself steals your creativity and passion. Allowing yourself to dream again will open doors you closed years ago and lead you to your purpose. Imagine living each day motivated and doing what brings you joy. Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible! So dream and achieve big!
You have been wonderfully made, and no matter what’s happened in your life up to this point, you have a purpose to fulfil. You were born to shine. Hiding your brilliant light from yourself and the rest of the world is an injustice to those of us who need what you have to offer.
So over the next month, rethink the way you do things. Don’t just do things because everyone else does them. Do the things that are right for you. Dare to be unorthodox. Be you!!
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”