Do you strive to differentiate yourself from the competition? You have probably been trying to do this for as long as you can remember. From college applications to job interviews to client meetings, you aim to show how you are different from everyone else vying for the spot, the position, or the business.
While it is important to want to stand out from the rest, it is also becoming increasingly difficult. That is because so many people are working on being impressive and demonstrating how they are different–just like you.
Move forward on your own terms. When you want to achieve something, go for it. You do not need anyone’s approval or affirmation. Too many people wait for someone else to identify them as a leader before they feel they have the right to shine. Do not wait for validation. Give yourself permission to move forward and claim your spot as a leader. Remember, leadership is an honor, not a title.
Commit to excellence. Quantity is not better than quality. If you want to make a name for yourself, make sure everything you do is the best quality work. When you strive for excellence in all that you do, you will set yourself apart from those who settle for mediocrity. You must defeat the mindset of “good enough.’ It is neither “good” nor “enough.”
Do not over-market yourself. Today, people feel the need to sell and brand themselves constantly. However, it is much more effective to let your words and actions speak for themselves. Do what you say you are going to do. Be real and authentic. That will distinguish you from everyone else. Work towards your purpose.
Put others first. If you want to stand out from the competition, here is an easy tip: Give before you get. This means you are willing to help others without expecting anything in return. Maybe it is sending a useful article to a client or offering to take something off their plate. This mindset is one of the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success.
Let your character lead the way. One of the best ways to stand out is to work to become a person who is known for their character. Others may be rewarded for their results, but at the end of the day, your character is more important.
Sometimes, standing out means doing less: less waiting on others’ approval, less self-promotion, and less busywork. You will naturally set yourself apart from everyone else when you weave excellence, authenticity, and helpfulness into how you live your life. When you model what it means to be an above-average team member and leader, you will be noticed by many–and you will thrive.