9 Ways to Stop Following the Herd

Throughout the ages, society and mankind have always had a set of invisible rules, dogmas, and doctrines that we’ve all had to follow. So many of us don’t even bother to analyze where they came from or find out who put these rules and ideas into effect. Most of us just take them at face value, thinking that it’s just the norm and that’s just how things are.

Subconsciously, we reason that if we oppose any of it, things just might get a little uncomfortable for us. We reason that if we follow our own set of rules or try something different from the norm that perhaps things might even get difficult. You worry that others may look at you strange, you might lose credibility, people may put you down and laugh at you, or worse yet, they may even ostracize you!

Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself:

Who ever mandated that you had to go with the standard programming?

Who are these puppet masters controlling you from a string?

And last, do you actually enjoy being a clone to everyone else?

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re one of those who sense there could be more to your self-expression than the status quo. I

‘m guessing you want to be free to be who you truly are regardless of what others think.

I’m guessing you want to be free from the herd and the hum-drum consciousness that usually comes with it.

If this is the case, then these 9 tips below were created for you. No, you don’t have to be stranded out in the pasture lost in a field of black and white. You have the right to stand out in bright colors if you so choose!

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1- KNOW YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU ARE.  It all starts with how you identify yourself. Are you just a mere human being or are you a Divine Creative Being? Society doesn’t want you to question this, but it is an important question you will need to answer for yourself.

Did you know that you have amazing built-in creative powers quite similar to your own Creator? You are a co-Creator with the Universe. You have the right and the power to call into manifestation whatever you see fit.

Our experiences and Divine Powers are different from everyone else so that we could all stand out from each other?

Did you know that a Divine co-Creator takes no crap from anything on earth imposing it’s self-expression?

Once you accept who and what you truly are, you will find it quite difficult to worry about what others think of you. You will simply find joy in the Being you were created to be and in expressing yourself the way you were created to express yourself.

2- KNOW YOUR PURPOSE AND DIVE INTO IT.  For many of us, life doesn’t seem to have a purpose. We think it is all meaningless, all is random, and anything goes. Without a strong sense of purpose you may fall into depression, subject yourself to unnecessary abuse, or worse yet spiral into a crapload of self-destructive habits and patterns.

It is your purpose that is the guiding force to knowing that everything you do matters and accepting that it is perfectly ok to be different.

Your purpose is not one big master plan that you will know all at once. It takes shape in different forms throughout your life and will reveal itself gradually at different stages.

At times it will be to raise your children to the best of your ability. At other times it may be to learn a new talent or profession. And at other times it may simply be to work on your psychology or spiritual development.

Your purpose is meant to build on itself, so that ultimately at the end of your lifetime you become the much more evolved person you had planned to be.

Knowing your purpose means you have to sometimes tune out the world and go within to see what visions you get or what is tugging at your heart. You can do this by simply sitting alone with yourself, contemplating, and writing down the aspects of your life you care about so much that you are willing to run to the ends of the earth for. If you do this everyday for a short period of time, the answers will eventually come to you. Simply know that the answers will change at different phases of your life.

3- TUNE OUT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA.  This is where you get a lot of your fears and self-depreciating beliefs from.

The direct and subliminal messages are there to mold your mind so that you think that the ideas behind them are true, for the greater good, or that you came up with them yourself.

Messages like, “You are not worthy.”

“You need to look like this.”

“You suck if you don’t have what everyone else has.”

“You must compete with everyone else.”

“Celebrities must be worshiped.”

“Your main goal in life is to work hard, live the American dream, then retire at a ripe old age.”

“And while you’re at it, be sure not to rock the boat!”

If you truly wanted to know where the puppet masters reside, you can start by looking at your mainstream media. You may think you can easily filter out the bad messages or that those few hours of television you watch per night couldn’t possibly do so much damage. However those subliminal messages will get you every time.

Don’t fall for the tricks. Just shut them out!

4- LEARN TO LOVE SPENDING TIME ALONE.  Are you afraid to face yourself? Afraid of what you might find? Afraid to face your fears? Perhaps even afraid of your own power?

Well, if you want to stand tall and stand out from the crowd, you must be confident in who you are. To know who you are you must be willing to spend some time learning.

Spending time alone is one of the best ways to face yourself and find out who you truly are.

So go ahead and take that solo-vacation. Go for that long walk by yourself. And please close that door and tell everyone not to disturb you for the next three hours. You deserve the time alone and you will thank yourself for it.

5- GET AROUND.  Always staying in the same environment tends to keep you trapped in a reality where you think the entire world is the same and the rules that dominate your reality are the same everywhere.

However, that is far from the truth.

What’s strange in your neck of the woods could be widely accepted just a few miles away. And what’s normal in your country is sometimes highly inappropriate on the other side of the planet.

Changing jobs or moving to a new community can sometimes help you to see this.

Even better, traveling to different parts of the world (or your own country) can have huge effects by sometimes shaking up your reality. A good dose of culture clash works every time to get you out of your current mindset and realize that your own society’s rules hold no power. It becomes obvious that other societies are getting by just fine without them.

6- DRESS UNUSUAL.  What better way to practice confidence and individuality than by deliberately and physically standing out from the crowd.

Start by adding some bright colors and bold patterns to your wardrobe. Wear mismatched socks. Dye your hair purple. And if you’re truly gutsy, how about that chicken suit that you’ve always wanted to show off?

It doesn’t have to be forever, but it will serve to get you out of your shell and not be afraid to be different.

So let them stare if they must. It will be your game and your gain.

7- TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. Of course, with the advent of social media we can now all stay connected with our friends, family, and acquaintances from across the globe. But, it does have its downsides, as it can turn us into total narcissists obsessed with how others see us.

Again, it is the obsession with other people’s opinions that’s got us all conforming to molds and society’s standards and not ready to stand out on our own.

The more likes we get, the more we feel accepted, and the more inclined were are to conform to a certain image in order to keep the likes coming.

If you are struggling with this all-too-common phenomenon from our modern world, perhaps it is time to take a break from social media. A break is not permanent, but it will give you the time to reflect on your previous behavior to see whether or not it was beneficial to your self-esteem. It will be the best thing you can do to break the cycle of the need for applause and approval.

Remember, the power to live a great life lies in you, not the camera. You don’t need to post every meal, vacation, or new outfit to the world for validation.

8- QUESTION EVERYTHING. Know that most of what you’ve been taught about the world around you are half-truths or complete lies.

When you learn to question everything you will come to know that there is so much more than meets the eye and so much more to learn.

Accepting things at face value not only inhibits creativity, but it also puts the mind to sleep.

How can you expect to be unique and stand out from the crowd when your set of beliefs is the same as everyone else?

Inherit a sense of curiosity and take joy in researching, digging for truth, and learning new things. When everyone says “Ok”, you say “No way!”

9- HAVE DAILY REMINDERS HONORING YOUR INDIVIDUALITY.  The herd has always had a strong pull on so many of us. Many times it will act as a single entity trying its best to keep you from breaking free.

When attempting to separate, excuses, guilt, shame, and all kinds of paraphernalia will reach out to grab and pull you back in.

What best way to avoid getting snatched by those grubby hands and forgetting the fact that you are unique and Divine than by having daily reminders.

So go ahead and use post-its where you see fit. Talk to yourself in the mirror. Mount quotations on the wall. At first it will seem difficult, but with constant daily reminders you will come to accept this and it will eventually become your living reality.

Whatever you do, don’t forget who You are and your Great Potential. You were born to stand up, stand out, stand proud, and to stand your ground.

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