I ended my last post by posing a question: How do I get from ordinary to extraordinary? This post outlines my attempt to answer the question.
Step 1: Wake up
In setting out on a journey from ordinary to extraordinary, step one is to wake up. WAKE UP. Am I happy with ordinary? NO! Where are your dreams? Are they ordinary? NO. They are packed away somewhere because the world sometimes implies that they are impractical. They are hard to realize and there is no sure fire way to get there. Wake up: only I know my dreams, only I know whether I am settling for ordinary, and only I can change it.
Step 2: Stop just showing up
Showing up is half the battle. Agreed. We’re on the same page. But just showing up is not enough. If I’m in a job where all I can bring myself to do is show up: go find something else to do. Go home tonight and brainstorm. Read. Find sources of inspiration. Go home tomorrow and repeat. DO NOT STOP UNTIL I KNOW WHAT I CAN”T LIVE WITHOUT. Latch onto an idea that the world needs. Don’t let it go.
Step 3: Define my personal values
What are they? Name them. Write them down. Post them in my cube. Lose the cube and put them up in my new workspace, wherever that may be. If I don’t end up with a workspace, make them my background on my computer. Put them on my mirror. I need them somewhere prominent, because I need to be reminded of my guiding principles…. EVERY DAY. I need to live by them – sleep, work, eat, exercise, and love by them. Define my personal values, don’t let them out of my site, and live them relentlessly.
FAMILY. INTEGRITY. EXCELLENCE. COURAGE. PASSION. There, the world knows – please hold me accountable.
Step 4: Name your passion
Name my passion. Write it down. Don’t let it go. Make it known. Find a way to make my passion my work.
I am passionate about leading people. I am passionate about inspiring others not to settle. I am passionate about changing the world for the better. I am passionate about forming relationships and growing those relationships. I am passionate about helping people find their passions.
Period. Stated with finality. Judge me, tell me I can’t make money doing that, do what you must. That is my passion and that is what I will pursue.
Step 5: Assess your strengths
There are umpteen assessments out there. They have and will asses personality and traits down to the granular level. They dissect, inspect, explain, and reveal your strengths and weaknesses. Go find the results. Take notes. Apply the notes to life. Don’t forget my strengths; build on them. Minimize the opportunities for my weaknesses to show, get out of my comfort zone to make me use my strengths. Quit hiding.
Step 6: Form a plan. Don’t settle.
Now. Form a plan for world domination, as Hugh MacLeod would say. Form my mastermind plan for changing the world, making $100 million, creating a household brand name, or whatever it is that motivates me. In fact, define what motivates me. Which of the motivations align with my values? State 1 year, 5 year, and 10 year goals. Put them on paper. Develop a plan to get there. Make the one year plan very detailed. It starts today. I don’t get a do-over of today… Or tomorrow. So I better start quick. Life goes by fast, and it doesn’t do me any good to waste time on things that don’t matter to me.
Step 7: Have fun
The point of all of this, of course, is to have fun. Every day. Enjoy life. Spread good ideas. Write great books. Inspire people to do the same. Love your work. Live for life. Explore new things. Love. Sit down over coffee and dream. Meet with people who care about you. HAVE FUN.
Step 8: Change the World
It will happen. You just have to let go of the sure things. Embrace ambiguity. Live your values. Pursue your passion. Dream big. Change the world.
There is much, much more to come on all of this soon. I am so very sorry for skimping on number of blog posts lately. I have been devising my master plan. Learning, laying the groundwork, creating the thoughts, developing plans. And it won’t be that long until I start to share with the world. I’m excited. I’m scared. I’m more excited than scared. I have a great support system – it’s time to get going. There is no time to waste when one sets out on a mission to change the way people think about life, work, and everything they both entail.
Please let me know what you think of my plan to get from ordinary to extraordinary… How would you get from ordinary to extraordinary? What does each mean for you? Are you in the process? Are you scared? Is it better to be ok with ordinary than to fail at extraordinary?