5 Ways To Be A Game Changer
The acceptance of mediocrity is a very expensive decision in your life and the cost of that decision is disappointment. Instead, look at how you can become a game-changer.
Nothing great ever comes from allowing or accepting mediocrity. When you aim for mediocre, you only ever achieve mediocre and that is if you’re lucky. If you miss your aim of mediocre even slightly you get less.
The acceptance of mediocrity is a very expensive decision in your life and the cost of that decision is disappointment.
I know in my life that many of the things that still haunt me today are those times when I was disappointed or when I felt regret for not striving for my best and accepting less than my most valiant effort. Regret is a powerful emotion that can be debilitating when it comes as we pursue our dreams.
The best way to avoid that is to go after and own our awesome. In other words, dare to be a game-changer.
The emotion that is always more powerful than regret is satisfaction. Being satisfied that you are doing everything in your power to live boldly and strive towards your awesome will help ward off any regrets.
I challenge you, right now, to aim for that juicy, succulent life that you think may be out of your reach.
Who thought that a business man who had never held political office would end up as President of the United States? Donald Trump believed that he could do it and moved full speed ahead to make it happen. Who thought a son whose father was once Prime Minister of Canada could achieve the same role for himself? PM Justin Trudeau believed that he could be and he achieved that position.
Whether you agree or disagree with the roads both of these men took, you cannot argue that they were not afraid to be game-changers.
What are the characteristics that distinguish the game-changers from those who succumb to mediocrity?
Here are five distinguishing character traits and actions that set the game-changes apart from the others:
- All of the game-changes challenged mediocrity and went full-speed ahead for excellence. They bucked the system in some way to change the trajectory of society. They went after their own satisfaction regardless of what society said they should be able to do.
- Each game-change was a pioneer under difficult and what sometimes seemed impossible circumstances. They rose to the occasion and pushed through barriers and limited beliefs.
- None of the game-changers operated in a vacuum. They made a big impact not just in their own lives, but also in the lives of those around them.
- All of them overcame great obstacles. Think of the game-changers of the world, from Nelson Mandela to Annie Oakley to Steve Jobs. Whether they broke though barriers of gender, race or society isn’t relevant; what matters is that they were willing to crash down walls to get to their destination. For example, Mandela was convicted of conspiracy to overthrow a corrupt government and then imprisoned for 27 years. Yet he held fast to his belief in a better government for Africa and eventually orchestrated that dream to come to fruition. Oakley was the first performing woman sharp shooter in an era where other women were home-makers. Jobs broke all technology barriers at the helm of the Apple empire.
- Game-changers gave themselves permission to pursue their goals. They all saw possibility for their increased satisfaction and gave themselves permission to go after their goal.
The interesting thing about satisfaction is that the more you achieve, the more you want, and the more you are willing to do to go after it.
In our research studies on employee engagement and how it relates to satisfaction, it was clearly proven that when people are more satisfied, they are more productive. Conversely, when people are more productive, they are more satisfied thus creating a continual positive effect feedback loop.
Just because you don’t have to face corruption, the fear of going to prison or try to overcome racial biases doesn’t mean you don’t have a mission in front of you.
I am challenging you right now to become a game changer in your own life.
Accept the beauty that comes when you challenge yourself to resist mediocrity and aim for greatness. Aim for full satisfaction with every moment; don’t settle for less.
Paula Morand, CSP is a leadership building, revenue boosting, strategy expanding keynote speaker, author and visionary. This dreaming big and being bold leadership expert and brand strategist brings her vibrant energy, humor and wisdom to ignite individuals, organizations and communities to lead change, growth and bold impact. 23 years, 25,000+ clients, 34 countries, 13 books, former radio personality, 10x award winning entrepreneur and humorous emcee.
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