Are you afraid of being different?

By now you know that, in order to achieve your goals, more than likely you will be seen as different from others. For instance, if you want to be a department supervisor, you will have to do extra work to reach that position. You cannot just do "enough to get by." Your peers will begin saying things like, "You are trying to be the boss's pet," or "You are crazy to be doing all of this extra work!"

Here's another example. You may have to do things your predecessors did not do, such as improve productivity by 10 percent. To improve efficiency, you decide to give employees the responsibility and the authority to do their jobs. Your predecessors may say that your employees will take advantage of you if you do this. But in six months time, you end up with a whopping 17 percent increase in production. How? All because you were not afraid of being different.

Two-time Olympic 400 Meter Gold Medalist Michael Johnson was not afraid of being different. He was criticized by all of the track and field experts. They told him his running style was flawed and that he could not compete in world class meets with his awkward style. However, Michael believed and followed his instincts, and because of his goals and beliefs, he became the first man to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 400 meter race, even with his awkward style.

If you have goals that are lofty, you will have to be different. This means you will have detractors. The more lofty the goals, the more detractors you will have. Most of the time, the criticism will come from the people closest to you.

I would like to remind you that most successful people were criticized when they shared their visions, yet they knew they were prepared and that their goals and visions were obtainable. Are you willing to accept criticism to achieve your goals?

Do you dare to be different?

Motivational tips are courtesy of Smart Talk with M.C.B.
July 2018