We love our authentic Mexican food.
We love brand-name sports shoes, and watches, and purses, and clothes, and sunglasses.
The knock-offs are rarely as sturdy and, well, authentic as the originals.
There is a conversation to be had about being REAL vs. trying to copy someone or something else.
In the book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill dedicates an entire chapter to the principle of Imagination, which he breaks down into two parts: Creative Imagination and Synthetic Imagination.
Creative Imagination is, according to Hill, when “the finite human mind has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. It is the faculty through which ‘hunches’ and ‘inspirations’ are received.”
Synthetic Imagination is, then, the place where “one can arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor – with the exception of the genius, who draws upon the Creative Imagination when unable to solve a problem through Synthetic Imagination.”
This reminds me of the Law of Diffusion of Innovation. This law or theory was noted first by Everett M. Rogers in his work at USC. In 1971 he co-authored a book with F. F. Shoemaker called Communication of Innovations: A Cross-Cultural Approach. There they first described this bell curve (see diagram).
According to this research, 2.5% of a population are the innovators; 13.5% are the early adopters; 34% are the early majority, 34% are the late majority; and 16% are the laggards. When you break down a population that way, is it any wonder there are fewer people who are, indeed, comfortable with being authentic? We are much more apt to copy those who start or create something new than we are to be the ones leading the charge, if these percentages are accurate.
Where do you see yourself on the curve? I’m pretty clear that I’m not an innovator, but I think I very well may be an early adopter. That’s still a small percentage of people I could call my tribe or those who just “get” me. Yet when we can, together, form a band of innovators and early adopters and use that 16% to attract the early majority, we have the ability to tip a system to adopt a new idea.
If you find yourself in the category of Innovator, Early Adopter, or Early Majority, where do you end up gaining energy: from those in your category or those not in your category? If you feel the need to convince people to adopt your idea or buy your product or service, you’re likely trying to tip the system all by yourself. And you may begin to realize that you are, in fact, trying to get the laggards to change their minds which may be nearly impossible.
If you’re not being real with yourself, how can you possibly expect to attract like-minded people to your tribe?
So … spend some time and effort getting to know the REAL you. Use this acronym if it helps … it’s the basis of my coaching, consulting, and my new book, which is in production. REAL: Radical Energized Authentic and Learning-Based. When you realize you don’t attract what you WANT but what you ARE, you will begin to see that getting REAL with and about yourself will be the impetus you need to begin shifts in all aspects of your life: your health, your finances, your relationships and your business.
Watch for information about a January retreat in sunny San Diego I’ll be co-facilitating where you will have the opportunity to learn and grow and connect with others on this Journey of You.
You’re ready. And you’re able. The only question: are you willing to get REAL and shift your life in a positive direction?