I was listening to a radio production late the other evening, featuring a UK based comedian, who was delivering a live showcase entitled, 'What to do if you are not like everyone else!' 

Whilst the content was indeed amusing and fairly predictable due to the nature of modern day living and the all to frequent human arrogance that is associated with it, the title got me thinking of the challenges that many of us experience regarding the pressures of social conformity.   

Everywhere we turn we are confronted by images and cleverly penned articles that tell us how we should live, what we should wear, how we should look and what steps we need to take to ensure unified acceptance and love from our fellow citizens.  

The expectations placed upon us by savvy marketing gurus and large corporate powerhouses, have led to a growing disillusionment amongst many, who wish to retain their own unique identities and do not want to be subjected to nonsensical small talk on how to behave. Whilst there will always be a need to comply and respect certain rules and regulations that have been put in place to help to retain order, diplomacy and efficiency, the ever forthright big brother approach that seems to be impregnating every corner of the Western world is not always the best way to nourish creativity and develop innovative techniques.   

Is being different really so bad after all? Surely embracing diversity and productively challenging opinions to which we may not agree, is the key to life itself? So many of us feel trapped in a cocoon of uniformity that we are too scared to spread our wings and take that initial yet intrepid leap of faith into the unknown. We feel unable to turn our thoughts into actions for fear of failure.

Instead of spending time and wasted energy worrying about ways in which you need to conform, why not take the weekly seven step challenge, designed to reclaim a sense of control and showcase the empowerment that was hidden within: 
  1. Learn how to say 'no' and push back, at least once a day. 
  2. Believe in yourself and your abilities by leaving the office on time at least three times a week. 
  3. Love the body you are in and reward it with some tender loving care, in the form of regular exercise and smart nutrition. 
  4. Be proud of who you are by wearing your smile with confidence and holding your head up high.  Show gratitude by helping others and sharing your knowledge freely, as opposed to keeping things to yourself in fear that you will not get recognition for them.  
  5. Change is an inevitable cycle of life, even if we can’t see it at the time.  Confront your anxieties by setting the rules and following your natural instincts. 
  6. This one is reserved for you to create – make your choice wisely!


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