Is Being Normal Making Us Mediocre?
Have you ever tried to be normal? How did it go? Were you happy? Was making money effortless and easy? Did you have fun with the people in your life? Was your body relaxed when you decided to be normal? Were you able to create what you desired? Were you as successful as you would like to be?
Parents often think that their job is to make their children normal citizens of the world. Many parents hope for their children to grow up ‘normal’, and most of us have done our best to make our parents happy in this regard!
But, the question is, are we really being our true selves when we try to be normal? When we strive for mediocrity?
Have you learned to regard this choice as black and white; either, or? Either you can be normal – so other people are happy with you – or you can be everything you are – believing that if you if you are true to yourself, nobody will like you and you will have no choice but to be an outcast?
Does it really have to be an ‘either, or’ choice? Would you be willing to explore ‘beyond normal’ and find out what is waiting for you?
The most brilliant and creative people in our world are the ones who are willing to go beyond being normal and mediocre. Would we have wonderful music, airplanes, delicious food and so much more, if it were not for people who were willing to let go of the need of being mediocre?
Is now the time for you to get over being normal and tap into your brilliance? Below are three steps that can help you move toward personal non-mediocrity:
Stop censoring yourself
When you leave your house, notice the ways in which you start censoring yourself. How often do you, unconsciously, imperceptibly, make sure that you move your body in a way that is regarded as normal and that will not make you stand out too much? Stop it!
How relaxed are you when you are by yourself? Practice being that relaxed in public. Start with your body. Relax your body when you are around people. By putting more attention on your body, it is easier to be aware of yourself rather than losing yourself in what other people need you to be.
Bodies are great at reminding us when we are trying to be normal. A lot of tension in your body means you are holding back, or holding together. A sense of ease comes when you are just being you.
Be the voice that inspires
Asking questions can inspire you to tap into your intuitive well of knowing. What have you always wanted to say, that you have not allowed yourself to voice? How do you see the world in ways that nobody else does? What inspirational thoughts and ideas would you like to tell people? You don’t necessarily have to act on these questions – you don’t have to run out and tell the world – but by simply asking the questions, you can reveal what you can bring to the world that you have not yet acknowledged.
Find what is fun for you!
Is what is fun for others, fun for you? How many judgments do you have about what is fun for you and what is not? If nothing was right or wrong, how would you create your life? What possibilities would you be aware of that others are not? How would you like to create relationships?
There is so much for us to discover – and to be – once we get over being normal and striving for mediocrity. There are enough normal people on this planet. That role is taken! What the world requires is you to be you, and the difference you bring to the world!
This guest post was authored by Susanna Mittermeier
Susanna Mittermaier is a licensed clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and author of the #1 international bestselling book, Pragmatic Psychology: Practical Tools for Being Crazy Happy. As a global speaker, Susanna offers a new paradigm on psychology and therapy called Pragmatic Psychology. She is also a certified facilitator for Right Voice for You, a special program by Access Consciousness. She has hosted her own radio show and often appears on TV for expert comment. www.susannamittermaier.com