What’s the risk of subverting your own thoughts to “fit in”?

4 ways conformity will sabotage your success:

  1. No originality. Conformity results in people thinking and acting the same way, which means originality and creativity are diminished. The result: people feel bored and uninspired.
  2. No individuality. Conformity also involves people suppressing their unique beliefs and characteristics to adopt the norms of the group. It’s inauthentic.
  3. Groupthink kills ideas. When people prioritize agreement and consensus over critical thinking, a lack of diversity in thought and ideas can lead to bad decision-making and missed opportunities.
  4. Lack of diversity in thought. Conformity leads to a lack of diversity in opinions, ideas, and perspectives, which can limit growth and progress.

By not expressing your own ideas and perspectives, you may miss out on valuable opportunities for learning and self-discovery. You may also miss out on the chance to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as you are not actively engaging with different perspectives and ideas.

In addition, subverting your own thoughts can also limit your ability to contribute positively to your community or society. By not expressing your own unique ideas and perspectives, you may miss out on the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the world around you.

Where are you feeling pressure to conform? And what will you do to resist that pressure?

Cheers to refusing the Kool-aid!