I have been asking people if they can distinguish between times when they are being their ordinary selves and when they are being their extraordinary selves. While some people report never feeling extraordinary, quite a few point to moments when they felt especially tuned in, sharp, clear and alive.
Some recall moments when they helped a stranger or showed kindness to someone asincidents when they encountered their extraordinary self. Others point to times in their work when they were in “the zone” and everything was clicking.
Unfortunately, these were only fleeting moments in lives that were, for the most part, ordinary. Is it possible to live in your extraordinary-self more often? Or, all of the time? Imagine the difference! Most people don’t seem to believe they have an extraordinary life or that it is possible to access it most of the day. But, some see the possibilities and want to be in that space more frequently.
Here are some suggestions for accessing your extraordinary-self:
- Start each day with a big view of life. Spend a few moments contemplating the greatness of life and all that happens that sustains you and provides you with the opportunity to live today.
- Pay attention to the people you meet, even those you don’t know. Look them in the eye. Greet them with sincerity. Take a moment to ask about their lives.
- Tell at least three people that you appreciate them and what you appreciate them for.
- Ask yourself what is the most important thing you can accomplish this day and create time to attend to that one thing.
- Slow down, breathe deeply.
- Look for an opportunity to be kind to someone.
- At the end of the day recount the difference you made and be thankful for the opportunity to have been alive.
These are such simple things to do and yet you might find you do few of them on a regular basis. You might be so busy with your ordinary life that you rarely make time to be extraordinary. Imagine how you can expand your impact in the world while enjoying your life more fully simply by being extraordinary a little more often.