Do you know what the definition of average is? If you conform to what the masses are doing, or stay in line out of fear of being judged, then you are average.
If you do what everyone else does, then you will get what everyone else gets. In 1957, Earl Nightingale said “the opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity.” I agree. If your life isn’t the way you want it to be, you don’t have to continue in your current direction. This is definitely the case if you’re following the masses.
You can form new habits, and separate yourself from the pack while you build your greatness. For example, if you wanted to save $10,000 to put a down payment on a house or pay off debt, you certainly could. But it may require you to stop wasting money on alcohol, smoking, or excessive partying. This example is simple, but not easy. Many people would look at you as a pariah if you did something off the beaten path–though harmless– to achieve your goals.
Get to work
To become the man you want to be, you need courage and faith. You need the courage to take action to build your own life based on your goals and values–even if people don’t agree. Secondly, you need the faith to know that your goals will be achieved as long as you continue to put forth effort.
When building your life and achieve your greatness, you have to constantly adjust your script. Following what the average person by definition will lead you to mediocrity. To be an outlier, or to break away from the pack, you have to do something different.
What you’re doing doesn’t have to be outlandish or crazy. But conformists might make you feel crazy. But it can be as simple as starting a new workout plan, reading a new book, or cutting out one “harmless” vice. You will see the results.
Make your own plan. Don’t do what they do, and you’ll stop being average.
Wisdom for your journey:
Don’t have days like most people have. You will end up broke and poor. Pennies, no treasures. Trinkets, no values. — Jim Rohn