A little more than two years ago, I was pretty fired up about this topic, shared a post, and I haven’t lost any steam yet. I’m circling back to this idea of being different to make a difference because I still believe it’s extremely important. Below is my reminder with content both old and new. Enjoy and make sure to join the conversation this time around in the comments down below.
How many people do you know who change who they are, put on a show, or play a part, simply because they don’t want to be like everyone else? They try so hard to adapt to something, anything, other than what everyone else is doing for the sake of being different.
Now compare that to the people you know (or know of) who stand out, go against the crowd, and cause a stir because they’re making waves… that is, they’re making a difference. It’s not put on. They’re either doing something different to impact others or they’ve done something different to make a significant difference in their own life.
If you don’t want to blend in, go ahead and stand out, but do it with intention. Approach it with a higher purpose.
If you want to wear that outfit or accessory that makes people look twice, wear it – but do it to present your truest self, lift others up, and to give someone else the courage to present themselves in the most honest way they can.
If you want to be a part of a movement, don’t just do it so that you can say you were there. Do it so that you can show up and speak up for what you believe.
If you’re going to make a statement, don’t just do it to get people riled up, to antagonize, or to instigate. Words matter, so use them with intention. Make statements to connect, heal, challenge, and inspire.
Don’t just “be different” to be different.
If you’re going to be “different,” be different to make a difference.
Join the Conversation
What makes you different? What do you have to share with the world and how does it lift others up? How has making something different in your life made a difference in your life?