In the archives of life, we have seen several personalities that are chronicled to have flogged out the borders of what we term “normal”. To them, normality is like a curse that can only be chiseled out of their destiny. They saw a normal or usual life as a mess that man should not relate with. They had a mindset that is very displeasing to what we know as natural life.
You see men like John G Lake, William Braham, Kenneth E Hagin, Martin Luther King, John Hyde, Kenneth Copeland, Neil Armstrong(the first man to ever get into the moon), Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell and so on. I would have loved to start giving you one or two tips on the impact they all have made in our world individually but time will fail me. And note that I do not just mention great men in faith but also men that have journeyed far in the corridors of other spheres and mountains of life.
I feel this is worthy of note; to be extraordinary is not tied to being an icon in faith alone. I mean, a man can be extraordinary in any sphere as he is helped by God.
What does it mean to be extraordinary?
I know we are full of knowledge and wisdom. We are intellects. We understand that to be extraordinary is to be unusual. To be extremely superb and excellent. To live beyond norms and usual. In a nutshell, to go beyond what is usual or regular.
When you look critically at the lives of these people I mentioned earlier, you can affirm to it that they are extremely extraordinary. They live/lived like gods on earth. They took their world by storm. It’s very visible. But I don’t know if you have been curious like me; how did they get there! I mean, what makes them that so mighty.
Many people have concluded that it is because they are fortunate or lucky. I do not agree with this ideology. You know why? There are two keywords in the word ” Extraordinary”. And that’s Extra and Ordinary.
These words have already established a counter effect to that ideology. If a man that is extraordinary became it because he was lucky or fortunate, then the word will not be extraordinary but “extra-fortunate”. It would have been said that they were only fortunate and that’s why they became extraordinary but that’s not the case!
The word is extraordinary, meaning, they were ordinary! They are men subjected to an ordinary life too. Many of us like giving so many excuses but here is the truth. These men are subjected to the same systems of normalcy and smallness we all are subjected to. In fact, if you check their lives well, you will discover that many of them even had a very bad and rough beginning that which is even worse than some of us. Many of them had no opportunity to go to school at all. Many of them could not enjoy parental love and care. Some were orphans. Some lost everyone they ever loved and had as support at a very young age. I can vividly say that all of them were the first victims of normality and casual life too.
Life flogged the deepest part of them and they all had reason to remain very ordinary. Therefore, it is not that they were lucky or fortunate. They only knew some things and that’s what I have come to share with you. Those things are pointers of greatness. They are compasses to a life of complete extraordinary life; a life of uncommon and unusual result!
I am not here to give ten or fifteen keys to become extraordinary, I am only here to let you know the two main determining factors that can make a man journey from being ordinary, casual and normal to living an excellent and extraordinary life.
The first is Choice and Decision! Yes, Choice and Decision!
Sometimes ago, I discovered that the greatest factor that determines the quality of a man’s life is a choice! I formulated this thought when I discovered that truly, the greatest force on earth which is “Love” is even subjected to choice! Meaning, Love itself answers to choice! Hence, the greatest factor that makes the reality of man in life is a choice! His decisions and choices determine the quality of his life.
Coming to our discussion, just like I said earlier, every man that launched the depth of an extraordinary life was first subjected to ordinary life. They were once victims of that system but a time came in their lives when they made their choices and decisions! They decided not to continue like that. They decided not to succumb to their status quo. They decided not to succumb to that deadly lifestyle. They decided that they are going to walk through the path of an extraordinary life. They decided not to be usual, casual or normal!
The greatest factor that determines the quality of a man’s life is choice.
I tell you, your life will never take a mighty shift of power if you do not make your decisions! Every new day, life brings her question. “Will you continue like this or not? Do you want to remain ordinary or you want to enter into the borders of an extraordinary life? Do you want to remain this small or you want to join the league of men doing great things?”!
Life brings her daily questions but it is your decision to say NO to an ordinary life that makes the first step to becoming extraordinary.
The next is “Do extra; For an extraordinary result, Pay an extraordinary Price!”
When you have decided not to be small, then you have to pay the price to be extraordinary. The price of becoming extraordinary is just one thing, “pay the extraordinary price!”
The truth is, even to live ordinary requires a price. Life is all about price. Life is all about giving something for something to come. Whether you are lazy or idle, you are still paying a price. A price is not necessarily gigantic. Just like, if you want to buy a pen, you can decide to buy the one with a price tag of #10 and you can decide to buy the one of #300. The one you go for will determine the quality of the pen you will have. So even if you decided to pay #10 to get the first pen, you still paid a price.
So, life is all about a price. Living ordinary; usual, casual and normal still requires a price but if you will ever live an extraordinary life; a life of superb excellence, a life of quality and color, you must pay an extraordinary price! For example, it is an ordinary price to sleep all night after a long day at work. It’s true that you worked all day and you deserve to rest at night but it’s an extraordinary price to decide to only sleep for 3 hours and use the rest to develop yourself! That’s what we call “doing more”.
Do Extra; For an extraordinary result, Pay an extraordinary price.
It is an ordinary price to read one book in a week, but it is an extraordinary price to read 5 books in a week! It is an ordinary price to take time to pray for an hour in a day, it is an extraordinary price to take time to pray for 6 hours daily!
There are no two ways of becoming extraordinary. You have to make your choice and decision to live above the norms. The people ahead of you have trended that path of being ordinary, if you do not decide to shift and be different, you will never be anything but ordinary! Make your decisions with solid intentionality and begin to labor. The trick of paying an extraordinary price is simple, “do extra”!
When others are eating twice, do extra, eat once. When others are paying the price of two hours on their work and personal development every night, you, do extra. When others are investing little in their finance, you, do extra. When others are resting, you, do extra!
Go and study these men and you will see that these two ingredients were very common to their meals. They had colleagues in their times who are probably paying the price too but the price those ones were paying are just ordinary prices. These men decided to go the extra mile and do extra! They made their choices and they did extra and in the end, they became a voice to be reckoned with. They birthed results beyond norms and natural. Why? They made their decision to do extra!
These are powerful pathways to becoming extraordinary. Engage them and see your life change!