Extraordinary seems to be out there, far away, but it’s not. It’s right here in front of you. Your life is full of choices, small mundane, like what to eat next, if to go out for a run, a swim, a walk or more significant, life-changing choices. Such as what to study in university or who to marry and how.
Whatever the choice, you have a choice about it.
I believe that’s where ‘extraordinary’ starts, in every little or big choice you make and the way you make it. What you consider when making your choices makes all the difference and starts you on the way to extraordinary, but it’s not enough to get you there.
Once you’ve made your choice, Integrity with yourself and others is key for any progress towards extraordinary. This basically means walking your talk. Being truthful and transparent. When you choose something you then have to go about doing what you chose to do.
That’s usually the hard part. Making an extraordinary choice, demands intention and attention, but it’s the doing that’s the hard part. Coherence and consistency in your actions relative to your choices is the next part of the extraordinary equation and it can take time, persistence, and resilience depending on the choice.
Being extraordinary implies being accountable to yourself and others on a long-term basis.
Here’s a quote from a wonderful book about this, The way of Integrity: “Contemplating integrity as a way of life is like deciding to leave your homeland and become a citizen of a new country: it involves a major identity shift”