Who are you?
What do you do?
Why are you different?
Why should I listen?
Why should I care?
Why should anyone care?
Standout and be noticed.
The Lonely Road
The road to success, any success, can be a lonely one.
It takes lots of time, energy, and effort.
That’s because nothing worth having ever comes easy.
Whether it’s losing weight, starting a business, decreasing debt, traveling, finding love, or making your mark on the world.
You’re working hard and giving it your all.
You want to be taken seriously.
Others see very little of the time and effort you put in every single day, working to make it happen.
While they’re out eating whatever it is they want, you’re sticking to a regimented health plan. While they’re asleep, you’re still up, working, reading, studying. While they’re lying comfortably on the sofa watching television, you’re out exercising.
It’s a lonely road, but you know it’s worth it.
You’re working hard, you’re awesome (you are), and you have lots to offer.
So then, how do you go about getting noticed and standing out amongst a sea of other awesome people?
The answer isn’t being loud, aggressive, or obnoxious. If you are, you’ll get noticed, just not in a positive or productive way.
It’s not just about getting noticed though, it’s about getting noticed and taken seriously.
It all starts with you and your daily habits.
If you want others to begin to take notice of who you are, what you’re doing, and take you seriously, here’s 5 steps that’ll help you get there.
5 Steps To Getting Noticed & Taken Seriously
Smile every time you walk into a room. Whenever you meet someone for the first time, smile. Smile at your friends, at family, at strangers. Smile when you’re alone. Smile every chance you get. It’s a sign of confidence, comfort, and it helps to put others at ease.
It’s always easier to spot the person in a room with a big smile than it is to spot someone with a frown. Not to mention, who are you more likely to be drawn and attracted to?
Do What You Say You’ll Do
Commit to doing the things you say you’ll do. If you say you’re going to do a 10 day health cleanse, then do it and stick with it all 10 days. If you say you’ll be somewhere at a certain time, be there and be on time, never late. If you commit to a workout schedule or volunteer work, stick to it.
People will quickly take notice and you’ll be seen as someone who’s true to their word, which is a valuable asset to have when it comes to being noticed and taken seriously.
Have a Schedule & Be Organized
Know when you’re going to do something, where you’re going to do it, and how. Be organized. Have control over you’re schedule. Have a well balanced schedule where you allocate time for exercise, family, friends, learning, and time for yourself to do your own thing, whatever it may be.
Having a schedule that you stick to regularly is a clear indicator to others of what’s important to you, what you value, and make time for.
Reply back to messages as soon as possible. Whether it’s a voice mail, email, text, a post card, whatever it may be. Respond as soon as you get the message. Even if you want to leave a more detailed message and can’t at that very moment, a simple response right then and there is much better than a response that either happens a day or two later, or that you forget to reply to all together.
Value people, value their messages, and value their time and they will take notice.
Always be on the lookout for ways you can help or support others and make a positive difference in their lives, and not just when it’s convenient for you either.
Support someone who’s looking to lose weight by telling them they’re doing great. Contribute to a friend who’s running a race for a cause. Take part in a survey for someone who’s looking for advise on starting a new business. Leave comments on articles and blog post as a sign of your support and encouragement. You’ll be noticed more for what you give than what you receive.
It’s the small things that are done consistently that mean the most and hold the highest value when it comes to being noticed and taken seriously.
Standout and be noticed.
What methods have you used to get noticed and taken seriously? Please share your experiences with me in the comments below if you’re comfortable doing so.
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