I recently had a text conversation with a coaching client. I asked how things were going since I hadn’t heard from her in a couple of weeks. The answer was pretty innocuous – “Nothing exciting to report. Just plugging along.”
This isn’t to pick on one of my favorite people, because her response isn’t much different than what most of us repeat every day. “Nothing new;” “Same old, same.old;” and “Just getting by,” are canned responses drilled into our psyche.
Our psyche needs to change.
Every morning you should be waking up and expecting the extraordinary. That’s right, the “extra” ordinary. Why? Because we are all extraordinary people who just haven’t convinced ourselves of this fact yet. Certainly, people can get into a rut, but in my experience these are self made and self sustaining. You need to expect the extraordinary out of yourself and seek it every day. Maybe even demand it. Otherwise, you drift into a state of mind called “sameness,” and this is as boring as a ham sandwich without cheese.
Barb and I had gotten in the habit of watching television for a couple of hours after putting my mother to bed. Friday night, she made a switch. She knows my affectivity for 70s and 80s music, so she started quizzing me in a “Name That Tune” game being played on You Tube. Pretty soon, instead of dueling banjos we had dueling iPads trying to best each other. Of course, my perspicacity for this genre of music is quite strong, so I continually prevailed:) Fortunately for me, her genius in coming up with something extraordinary made a memorable night for us.
What are you going to do today, right now, to turn the ordinary into extraordinary?
This week’s quote –
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”
~Tommy Lasorda, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager
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