Will you travel the journey of life to live it, or vicariously sit on the sidelines? Will you look back 20-years from now and ask yourself, “How did I get here” or will you say, “It was tough, but I worked hard and I finally did it?” Will you look back at your life and wonder what happened and regret not doing those things you’ve wanted to do or will you reflect in humility that through it all, you made it through? These are all questions that many are confronted with when striving to give their all to change their circumstances. The biggest question many a people struggle with is the question of self-worth and their ability to make a real difference in the lives of those around them, if not the world? Such a common and ordinary question, is what brings out the extraordinary in the one who takes the time and gain the courage to look the person straight in the eye who’s staring back at them in the mirror, and boldly answer, “I am that I am!…Yes, I am a person of consequence.”
Did you know that you have the potential to become an extraordinary human being? Yet, what is standing between the ordinary in your life and the extraordinary is that little “extra” effort needed to push you right through the doors to your destiny. If you are one of the people who are questioning your ability and/or your self-worth, I want you to pause what you are doing for a moment and take a good, long, hard look around you. What do you see? You can probably fill an entire diary of things you see both positive and not so positive. Yet, look carefully, and what do you really see? Are you still feeling inadequate?
Let me make things more clear. Everything around you is a product of an idea or vision that began as a thought in someone’s mind. Your immediate environment tells a story of an unseen reality. The color of your walls, the décor of your kitchen or bathroom, the nice plant you have in the right-hand corner of the living room getting just the proper amount of light to reach full bloom…. All began as an idea. Whether it was something you envisioned or someone else, a creative process took place and through that process an idea was transferred from the mind into an environment and became a tangible reality. Sure, you may have had some reservations or experienced a little anxiety about the color choice, or exactly where to place the plant or the beautiful vase your mother-in-law gave you. Yet, you made the decision and took action and soon realized a truly magnificent result. But the key is you took action. You did something to turn a vision or idea into a very beautiful and colorful work of art.
The same is true about life. Inside of every human being is the potential to be phenomenally great. You are a work of art. Your life is the blank canvas. No matter what the “dirty little secrets” are or were, when you make the decision to go from ordinary to extraordinary, and put forth that little “extra,” something magical happens. You see, every human being experiences seasons and changes in their lives and with each new season comes a new and profound experience. Each interval of change allows us to learn, grow, and become better today than we were yesterday. But, recognizing one’s greatness is pretty ordinary; just as learning is pretty ordinary. However, applying what we have learned to achieve our greatness is what makes us extraordinary and is probably the most profound lesson of all time.
Some brief points about how to walk in the extraordinary lane of life include:
- Embrace who you are and be you without fear.
- Live up to your own expectations and not the expectations of others.
- Affirm your strengths by doing those things that you enjoy and are good at, acknowledge your weaknesses and work to strengthen them, seize the wonderful opportunities that come your way, know what threatens your self-worth.
- Be honest, be true to who you are, and refuse to compromise your integrity.
- Practice good hygiene and good eating habits; you would be amazed at the impact of a bath/shower.
- Recognize that all things are not for all people. Know what is good for you.
- • SMILE! It is a simple and ordinary gesture. Yet, it does your spirit good. Whether given or received, it is an extraordinarily great feeling and produces extraordinary results.