Sometimes we do things automatically without putting much thought into it and we have to push ourselves to be a little different. Now you may say, why do I need to be different? You don’t, but don’t you think life is a bit more fun when you throw in some “different” here and there? Instead of following the crowd you changed the direction. You were the leader instead of the follower. You broke the mold. You did something unexpected. You challenged the status quo. When you do something different it makes you feel a bit more alive. After all, it’s usually the times when you did something different that you remember the most.
Today as I was signing Christmas cards for a company that I work for I grabbed my regular blue pen and almost started signing the hundreds of cards when I caught myself looking at all the other signatures in blue and black. I decided to change things up a bit and grabbed a pink marker for my signature. Now, no one is going to be able to read my signature, trust me, a doctor may have a more legible signature than me, but I know everyone seeing that card is going to wonder who in earth signed their name in pink. After all, pink is not a Christmas color making it stand out even more.
Why did I decide to be different? Because somewhere among the hundreds of people seeing these cards someone will be inspired to sign theirs with a different color or do something different that day and the domino effect continues.
Different inspires different.
Maybe someone has wanted to sign with a different color all these years but didn’t dare to stand out but seeing someone else doing it made them dare to do it? I don’t know but it’s not a bad thing to dare to be different once in a while. Of course, there may be a few that thinks that signing a Christmas card with a pink marker is silly and immature but that’s okay.
Different evoke emotions within people.
Ignore the ones that is trying to hold you back including yourself. Be bold, be audacious and go for it! After all, what do you have to lose? What signature do you think people will remember? The ones in blue and black or the one in pink?
What “different” have you done lately? Or what “different” do you plan throw into the mix?