Saturday, October 3, 2015

Be Obsessed, Be Weird, Be Different




If you read my blog, you know that I believe we live our lives believing in erroneous misconceptions. We are told to believe certain things, and we often learn these things at a young age when our minds are fragile and vulnerable. What we are told we believe. And this information changes us into a totally different person. We are what we believe. We are what we hold to be true.

But why do we change in the first place? We are all born Unique Individuals. Take a look at some home videos of yourself when you were a child. Running around smiling and giggling without abandon. Not a single drop of self-consciousness. Ask your parents what you were like as a child. Most likely they will say "Oh you were just full of life and full of LOVE!" So what happened? You blended in. You walked away from what made you unique in the first place. You fell into the trap of distraction and misconception.

I have certainly heard the term "Obsessed" being used in a negative way throughout my life. It has even been used as a insult toward me before. Being told by others that I am obsessed with certain things, that it makes me "weird." No matter how much I tried to not care, hearing these things always made me feel bad about myself. Like I wasn't good enough. Like everyone around me was better. But why? I was just being myself. I was just totally immersing myself in the things that made me happy. If I liked something, I wanted to surround myself with it. I wanted to know as much about it as possible. I wanted the things that made me smile to take up my life and define it.

So why did the people in my life have a problem with this? Why was it such a big deal to them? Because these were the things that make me different. These were the things that made me stand out. My specific interests and how I decided to focus my time is what made me unique and different from the people around me. One thing you have to realize is: people have a problem with different.  

Its 2015 and we are having racial protests in the street. The world is divided by liberals and conservatives. Religious ideals. Socio-economic status. Ethnicity, gender, basic looks even divide us. Even from a young age, we tend to surround ourselves with others who are most like us. I am sure you high school and college had all the cliche "cliques" and "groups" that mine did.

In life, if you are unique and you stand out and you are different....you will have haters. It is as simple as that. People have a problem with different. And what is the greatest issue with this problem? People don't usually recognize this until they are well into their late 20's. It is usually not until an individual leaves the high school, college, and young adult environments that they realize being "weird" being "different" is a good thing! It is usually during this time that people choose to think: "what is wrong with me? why don't I fit in? why am I so different?". Once they grow up, mature, and become an adult they realize that fitting in should have never been so important to them.

One major GrowNOW Mantra: Never Blend In.
What makes you different, what makes you YOU, is what is most important in life.  
Who were you before others told you who you ought to be? Ask yourself this question today, before it is too late.

Immerse yourself in what makes you happy. Follow your dreams. Follow your heart. If people tell you that you are weird, then you are doing something right! You are living what Brendon Burchard calls The Charged Life! You are being the unique individual that you were born to be. Everyone has the ability to contribute, be a role model, and inspire others. However, you cannot do this unless you are being your true self. 

If someone tells you that you are obsessed...NO you are Passionate!
If someone tells you that you are weird........NO you are Unique!
If someone tells you that you are different....NO......you are preparing yourself to change the world.

So...who were you before people told you who you ought to be?

Answer that question and you will start to #GrowNOW.

Thanks for taking the time to read by blog everyone. You have no idea how much it means to me!

-Mike
Instagram: @GrowNOW_



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