Here's a challenge for you...this week, take a chance and do something really different! Seriously, be courageous enough to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing! I know this might sound crazy or even scary, but think about it with me for a moment. If you want to live it forward in the most important areas of your life, it actually makes a ton of sense to do the opposite.
Allow me to explain....
When facing a significant challenge in your life, purposefully do the opposite of what most people do and you'll likely be shocked at how well you succeed. If you are faced with a great opportunity; again, do the opposite! Next time you feel like blaming a work associate, neighbor, friend, or parent for some problem in your life, choose to do the opposite of what almost everyone around you does and accept responsibility.
Feel like giving up on your dreams because the journey is challenging? Don't! Do the opposite of what 98% of people do and say to yourself, "No matter how hard it is or how bad it gets, I'm going to make it." Refuse to quit! Do you lack courage to articulate your beliefs during meetings? Then do the opposite--stand up and be heard.
Talk too much? Then again, do the opposite. Be quiet and listen (yikes--this one hits home with me). I think you get my point.
Earl Nightingale, a legendary speaker and educator, 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." Personally, I like those odds!
So here's my challenge (and I'd love to hear back from you to hear what happens for you)...
For the next 72 hours, no matter what challenges or opportunities come your way, ask yourself: "What would most people do?" Then...do the exact opposite! I can almost guarantee you WILL be making a much better decision!
Looking forward to hearing how this works out for you!
Additionally, I'd love to hear from any of you if you've done the opposite in the past and it helped you "live it forward" in the most important roles of your life.