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Stop Conforming, Start Succeeding


How do you recognise if you’re conforming? In a world where it’s hard to stand out from the crowd and be unique, it’s easy to fall into conformist behaviour without questioning it, like agreeing with everything your boss says or buying the same products that are advertised the most at supermarkets. This can get you stuck in a rut, unable to move forward creatively, financially and socially. In order to stop conforming and start succeeding, you need to let go of the idea that you must go to the other extreme. It isn’t about being individual in every aspect, but making an effort to think carefully before going along with the majority in a given situation. Here are some valid reasons why not conforming will lead to success:

  1. More opportunities to succeed

It’s hard to succeed in anything if you’re not trying to bring something new to the table. When you conform, you’re supporting the successes of others, which will stop your own personal progression if you do too much of it. It’s much harder to succeed in something that’s already been done before and has been done well. By thinking out of the box and trying different approaches, you’re giving yourself your best chance to succeed. To find your unique something download our free expert eBook on the secret to discovering your purpose here.

  1. You develop the skills to succeed

Success can be a lonely road, especially if you’re taking the road less travelled. To make something work for you, the only person you can rely on is yourself. You’ll surprise yourself with how much fight is in you when you want something to succeed [A guide to feeling more accomplished everyday]. Though self-belief is a journey in itself, once you finally reach that point of determination and confidence, you’ll have learnt a lot of skills on the way. You’ll learn to be more independent, you’ll learn how to pick yourself up from mistakes and failures and you’ll learn how to speak up for yourself. By not conforming, you can unlock so much potential within you.

  1. Success is less stressful

When you take a route to success that the majority don’t opt for, you’ll find it less stressful to succeed. If you briefly research some of the most successful people in the world, you’ll find a lot of them were non-conformists, from Richard Branson dropping out of school because of his dyslexia, to Mark Zuckerberg’s audacious decisions while developing Facebook, to Steve Jobs’ more spiritual, rebellious path. When you remove yourself from environments that invent competition or cause negative behaviours to develop, whether it’s school exams or sales bonuses, a lot of the pressures that most people feel to succeed won’t apply to you. You set your own rules, therefore you set your own timeframe, methods and structures, which will make you motivated to succeed. [10 Motivational quotes from successful women]

  1. Success will be redefined

Not conforming often means having a different value of success [10 ways to find your passions in life]. People feel compelled to not conform when they aren’t succeeding in a way that fulfils them or makes them feel rewarded. A common example of this is succeeding at work and financially, but not succeeding with your work-life balance. A lot of successful ideas are borne as solutions. You may be succeeding in the traditional way, but failing in others, so taking a new, different approach will be your solution.

It’s a good practise to take a step back from life and look at it with a third-person perspective. Have a think about parts of your life you wish you were more successful in, and parts you’re more indifferent about your successes in. You may come up with a lucrative idea – just don’t be scared to not conform.


This article was contributed by Pink Moods.