A really inspirational and amazing friend of mine did a facebook live this week (hey Curtis Palmer) sharing with people how my partner Steve and I have helped him this year and it completely moved me. There was one thing that he said that really impacted me and helped me understand my why on a much deeper level. He was doing a facebook live (as part of a challenge I set the group…), I love for people to experience the discomfort and thrill of ‘going live’!! and he said he was nervous doing his first live, but he understood and I had taught him that “to do great things, you have to step outside of your comfort zone.” Boom. YES! So much yes! YES! This is what I have been trying to figure out… why do I do everything I do? Why do I stimulate polarity and wonder and try to get people curious??? Because: To do great things, we have to step outside of our comfort zone!!!! But to step outside of our comfort zone, we have to be curious and brave and full of wonder.
You see I’m a really intense human. I read a lot. I watch a lot of TED talks. I enjoy consuming ideas – prolifically. I love helping people, not in the sort of normal ways though, I love helping people expand their mindsets to improve their lives. The quality of your life is measured by your own perception, so I’m not here to tell you what a quality life looks like – that is up to you. I’m also not here to PUSH you outside of your comfort zone… I’m not Tony Robbins amping you up and then getting you to walk on fire. I want you to WANT to step outside of your comfort zone. I want you to be motivated to craft your best life. I want you to figure out what your comfort zone is and where you’d like to go next. I’m not here to MAKE you do anything… What I can do though, is give you the courage and tools to step outside of your comfort zone so that you can make transformational changes to your mind, to your business and to your life.
I was a weirdo at school. A friendly weirdo, but a weirdo nonetheless. I kept the true depths of my weirdness hidden, for fear of judgement and outcast. As I grew older, I started to understand that my weirdness was a virtue… Watch this awesome talk from my friend J P Sears at Wired for Wonder on “The Virtues of Weirdness”. You see, your weirdness, the stuff that makes YOU unique is what makes you so valuable. It is what is unique to you. So whether you’re looking for your dream job, your dream partner or trying to bring your dream to life… instead of hiding your weirdness, why not lead with it?
Examples of weirdos who have embraced their weirdness:
Richard Branson – we all know him as the loveable eccentric who made the word ‘entrepreneur’ sexy… but this nomadic wanderer is just a big weirdo who allows himself to be freely, utterly, entirely himself. He isn’t hiding the fact that he loves beautiful women, travel and expensive things… he unashamedly owns it and has become a little bit successful in the process.
Steve Jobs – some call him a bit of an egomaniac, but all agree he was a creative genius – he liked wearing the same thing every day and enjoyed exploring unusual concepts and doing things his way… He didn’t try and conform or do things to fit in, he followed his inner weirdo and helped elevate human consciousness through technology.
Esther Hicks – According to Esther and Jerry Hicks, “Abraham” consists of a group of entities which are “interpreted” by Esther Hicks. Abraham have described themselves as “a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension”. They have also said, “We are that which you are. You are the leading edge of that which we are. We are that which is at the heart of all religions.” Abraham has said through Esther that, whenever one feels moments of great love, exhilaration, or pure joy, that is the energy of source and that is who Abraham is. Yep, she speaks to an invisible source of energy, writes books about it and is worth over $10 million USD.
Instead of hiding our inner weirdo, the purpose of life is to embrace it and lead with it.
When we lead with our weirdness (or uniqueness if that feels less polarising), we lead with confidence knowing that this is what makes us valuable. When we lead with value, we lead with vision, when we lead with vision, our energy shifts and we do our best work.
Mr Inner Weirdo on the outside himself sums it up perfectly….”We are at our most productive and creative when we are happy and being ourselves at work” (Richard Branson)
SO…. What makes you weird?? Because I have a little secret… what makes you weird is probably what makes you wonderful.
And when you understand that, you’re more willing to step outside of the comfortable zone you’ve created (where your inner weirdo is on the inside) and move to letting our inner weirdo shine a little on the outside… and when we do that, the world can’t help but want to notice because that is when we realise we are speaking our truth and sharing our wonder.