Your New Normal

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What’s Normal?

Like many things ‘normal’ is personal. You have yours. I have mine. The guy over the road has his. And the lady reading the news has hers. We all have our own. We may not have consciously built it but it’s uniquely ours nonetheless. Sometimes our normal empowers us. And sometimes, it keeps us trapped like a miserable bird in an invisible cage. Sometimes it drags us up. And sometimes it drags us down. Sometimes it connects us to others. And sometimes it alienates us. Things like individual habits, behaviours, standards, beliefs and thinking demonstrate that there is no universal normal. Your normal beliefs won’t be mine. My normal language won’t be yours. Your normal thoughts won’t be mine. My normal expectations might scare the crap out of you. Your normal rituals might be my crazy behaviour. My normal yummy breakfast might be your bland, abnormal, tasteless crap. Your normal relaxing yoga class could be my sixty minutes of painful contortion. My normal job might be your professional nightmare. And my normal Saturday night could be your social suicide.

…and so on.

And while comparing normals is interesting stuff, the real issue here is not how our respective normals do or don’t align but rather, whether or not your normal aligns with the life you want to live, your core values and the results you want to create in your world.

Here’s what we know about normal:

1. It’s personal.
2. It’s optional.
3. It’s change-able. 
4. It matters.

Do you need to create a new normal this year?

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Sharon Clark January 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

Your normalness is what makes you so charismatic! We love your normalness! Cause it makes us feel we are all connected! And with a little ( actually a lot) of effort we can aspire to be a littlle more like you! :) Happy new year! Like minded normal person & mentor! :) xx …. Tipsy Grasshopper :)

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Sulagna January 1, 2013 at 2:03 am

You’ve hit the nail on the head when you say that your normal doesn’t have to align with others’ normals, but has to align with the life that you lead.
If only the over-average (NOT above average), mediocre, judgemental herd understood your point about “normal” being personal and not national! :D

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Anonymous January 1, 2013 at 2:55 am

Happy New Year Craig.

There’s no such thing as normal, only the memories of how things happened last time round, and the expectations of how they’re going to work this time.

Onwards and upwards.

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C1 January 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

Nice way of reframing the thinking process that typically happens around NYE. I’m going to progressively create my new normal through everyday small actions – that way I will know not just think.

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Gayle January 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Well, I am recreating my old normal back into my life. I have gradually strayed from the good basic healthy eating that was my norm in 2009. Yes I want to lose weight, but my focus is going to be back onto fresh and healthy food in normal proportions.
I am booked to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb on my birthday in March this year, so a new norm in my life will be some stairwork over the next three months.
As you said, we create our own normal and ‘normal’ doesn’t have to be the same thing over and over. If it was, I would be dead by now.
Hope your New Year see’s a successful book launch Craig.
Cheers,
Gayle

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