Conformity

Similarity to others; acting and behaving to norms; not standing out

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. Rollo May

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F Kennedy

Don’t think you’re on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path.  Author Unknown

    Conformity should be considered from several vantage points. It is better to be a conformist, or better to be a non-conformist? The answer to this question is, “it depends”.

     Conformity has a good side and a bad side. It is essential that society have some basic rules of conformity to have a functioning civilization. On a different level, the more we conform to society’s norms, the more we give up our individuality liberty and freedom. Most of us agree that conforming to socially accepted standards, conventions, rules and laws is good. Without such conformity, we have chaos, murder, mayhem and lawlessness. It is absolutely necessary to hold people accountable to an organized system of necessary standards and laws. Non-conformity is not good and cannot be allowed. There are and have been exceptions; prejudice and discrimination when it is embodied in societal conformity is wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others had to bring “non-conformity” to a fever pitch basis to get enough attention to turn the tide of racial discrimination. Sometimes society is wrong.

     If your desire is to become the best you can be; you must “non-conform” from the norm in matters of growth and personal development. Conformity mean “average”; to exist within a conform zone and to accept status quo. Most are content to live a compromised life as compared to being different and striving to be their best. We are not willing to “pay the price”, “walk the walk” or “eat the elephant one bite at a time”. We accept what life offers, rather than go out, plant and cultivate our own fields of success.

     If we were to be graded on how well we are living up to our potential, most would be given a “C”. This means average. Regrettably the average person seeks to develop their full potential only on a “normal” basis. They are right there with everyone else; they are not motivated and lack the self-discipline to do their best.

     We are so much more capable than our “C” would indicate. Life gives us what we ask.  If we put forth a “C” effort, we get a “C” result. We are capable of at least a “B”, and maybe an “A”. Why accept less? Life has so much more to offer us if we will be ask and expect more. The sign on the door of opportunity reads “push”.

Challenge:  Dare to become a “non-conformist” in areas of personal growth and development. Change your priorities. Commit time and effort to molding and making a better you. Develop an ongoing “self-improvement” project. Never be content until you have become the person you are capable of becoming. Your life is like a world class amusement park; you have purchased the deluxe ticket; make sure you take full advantage of it.

Wisdom:  Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

In God I have put my trust: I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11

The world is flawed. Anything that man does is less than perfect. The less God is found in society’s efforts to build a perfect world, the more imperfect it will be. The more we look to God for strength, courage, faith, and guidance, the more we will be can live in harmony with the rest of the world while at the same time, be heading down the path to become that which God created us to be. To fulfill our destiny, we must look to God.

Prayer:  Help me not to conform to this world but to become what you want me to be.

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