I have always been a strong believer in the power of choice, discipline and action.
I am an even stronger one after getting acquainted with Brendon Burchard’s work. If you don’t know Brendon, he is one of the best word-class life and business coaches out there, with a mission to call people to be extraordinary. His best sellers include phenomenal books like High Performance Habits and The Motivation Manifesto.
We can go through the motions or we can respond to the calling to be extraordinary. What makes the difference for people in Brendon’s view and words are the following:
- Vibrancy: When we go through the motions, our energy is off. A power plant doesn’t have energy, it generates it. Be intentional, be the guardian and generator of energy. Don’t wait for someone or something to bring you energy and joy. This is valid not only in our personal lives, but also in our professional environments. Bring the joy and energy via morning and evening practices like meditation, yoga, journaling…whatever resonates with you.
- Connection: Human “being” is not human “doing“. The greatest achievement in life is living life connected with ourselves, the moment, God, the universe, our families and friends, our teams and colleagues…Be it at work or at home, we were made for connection.
- Meaning: It is the sense that our lives matter. The definition of meaning may vary, but the common denominator is the sense that we matter at home, at work, in society…Part of having meaning is having reverence for the blessings in life, for the daily touches both at home and at work…Meaning is something we train ourselves to see. If we don’t see the small wins and blessings, the big ones will seem hollow.
Practicing vibrancy, and finding connection and meaning are the conduit for:
- Owning dreams: When we feel vibrant and energetic, we bravely embrace the yearnings, callings and dreams within us.
- Adopting a role model mindset: Who can we inspire in our spheres of influence at both personal and professional levels? Who needs us to be a better role model?
Choosing to be extraordinary is pursuing a next level that is unique to everyone. Once we set our intention to be the best of who we are, a domino effect is created. It is not a race to compete in because when we respond to the calling to be extraordinary, everybody around us, at home and at work, wins.