I always spend a little time reflecting on what I have achieved, over the last day, week, month.
Sometimes it doesn’t feel like much! You know those weeks when everything seems to get in your way? We all have them!
I do at least know that I have aimed at being extraordinary whenever possible.
I am not an extraordinary person. I don’t have any special powers. I am no cleverer than anyone else. I’m not spectacularly good at anything! But, I am very good at pushing past ordinary and striving for extraordinary.
We can all do it. Ordinary humans do extraordinary things all the time. So what makes the difference?
To be extraordinary you have to accept that it is a personal choice. Anyone can choose to be extraordinary.
So how does it happen?
It starts with you. An ordinary person doing an ordinary job on an ordinary day. And, then you decide to do a little extra. To be something extra. Then you try a little more ‘extra’. Little by little, day after day, the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
And that’s how extraordinary happens. If you aspire to become extraordinary, here are some pointers that can help you.
Find your extraordinariness
To become extraordinary, find your extraordinariness. Where do your strengths outnumber your weaknesses. What are the things that just flow and make you feel great? These will be the things that are easy for you to be extraordinary at.
Use every opportunity to do these things. They will be the things you really shine at and on which you can build. Get clear about what your strengths are, and don’t be afraid to stand out doing them.
Accept that you are great at doing these things and be grateful that you can fall back on these strengths when you are having a tough time.
Set your mind to it
Decide that you want to be extraordinary in whatever you are doing. Then, put your heart and soul into it. Always remember, you’ve got everything it takes to be extraordinary but you will need to put some ‘extra’ effort into some things.
When you have decided on being extraordinary you have to act like you are going to be extraordinary. You have to do something differently. You have to ‘be’ extraordinary.
And, if you ever struggle, ask yourself how an extraordinary person would have handled whatever you are doing. You can learn from their example.
You don’t have to do extraordinary things to be extraordinary. Just do ordinary things extraordinarily.
Spend some with yourself and contemplate. Make an effort to find your ‘extraordinariness’ every day and enjoy how that feels.
Set high standards
Most people underestimate what they can do – maybe you do too?. This is why we settle for something that is mediocre, average or ordinary. The fact is we are capable of accomplishing a lot more than we think.
Underestimating our potential often gets in our way of becoming extraordinary. To overcome this, set high standards. This will help you visualize a benchmark that matches to the extraordinary standard.
This will enable you to be your best. Enable you to push yourself harder, to go that extra mile where you wouldn’t have gone otherwise.
Do you know why extraordinary people set very high standards? Because even if they fail, they will fail above everyone else’s success.
Setting the bar high from the beginning is the way to become extraordinary.
This DOES NOT mean you should slip into being a perfectionist though! That becomes crippling as I have already talked about before. Being extraordinary does not mean everything you do will be perfect. It will just be ‘extra’.
Stretch your comfort zone
The transition from ordinary to extraordinary can be uncomfortable. You may have to shift out of your comfort zone and do something you wouldn’t have done before.
It’s important to stretch your comfort zones to be your best.
Extraordinary people challenge themselves every single day. Even if it’s in the smallest things. No one likes putting themselves into uncomfortable situations. But, extraordinary people will do it anyway. They know that’s the price they have to pay to be extraordinary.
Extraordinary people will chose to do stuff that scares them. They will take steps into a world which is scary but never let fear come in the way of being extraordinary.
Visualise your future
One thing that is absolutely essential to becoming extraordinary is to have 100% conviction that you will be. If you can visualise yourself as one of the extraordinary, you’ve already won half the battle.
Don’t let anyone influence or manipulate you in to thinking that you can’t be extraordinary. Never be satisfied with anything but extraordinary. And learn to control your mind to tackle obstacles in front of you.
Train your mind to see the best in everything.
Anyone can become extraordinary – both in our personal and professional lives.
It comes down to asking ourself this simple question: What would an extraordinary person do?
Then, go and do it the extraordinary way.
Have I got this mastered? Of course not! I am very very ordinary a lot of the time. But, I do know I feel amazing when I strive to be extraordinary. I know how much better I feel about myself and whatever I am doing when I am putting that ‘extra’ into the ordinary.
Have a go and see what you can bring the ‘extra’ to today.
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