We all have people that we admire or who you aspire to be like, but do you ever take a step back to appreciate what YOU can achieve?

Would you rather be a sheep and follow the crowd, or would you rather lead by your own example? Originality is a beautiful thing, so dare to be different!

Many of the people who the masses who you aspire to be are admirable because they are different! They are quirky, cool and adventurous, Kai Greene, Dana Linn Bailey and even Lady Gaga spring to mind! They are all unique, daring and appealing because they appear to live their lives in a way that they truly desire.

Plus, many inspirational people suffered because of their drive. MMA sensation Rhonda Rousey, the world champion female cage fighter was homeless for a long time and lived in her car so she could follow her dreams.

Ronda Rousey - who do you aspire to be?

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey battles Liz Carmouche during their UFC 157 match at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA Saturday, February 23, 2013. Rousey beat Carmouche via first round submission. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer)

Another example of who you aspire to be for many, is Kai Greene. Kai was a natural world champion and professional bodybuilder but could not make ends meet through his earnings as natural pro so turned to non tested bodybuilding. After becoming an IFBB professional he had to indulge in performance enhancing drugs so he could attain a physique that would allow him to earn enough to follow his career choice.

IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Kai Greene

Who do you aspire to be? Kai Greene on stage

By not following the pack you do run the risk of ridicule, most likely because people wont understand your desire to be different or to do things differently from others. This is due to most people being conditioned subconsciously from birth to conform and fit in to what we are taught to be acceptable behavior. From the minute we start school we are programmed to follow a certain set of rules and guidelines which have us mostly all thinking, acting and even dressing in a similar fashion.

This has always been an issue for women who train with weights, weight lift, box or compete in martial arts. From childhood we have been conditioned to see this as the realm of men where women, being the gentler sex, should not venture in case they get hurt! Fortunately women of today don’t really care about this, many see it as more reason to partake and break these gender related stereotyping.

As society and attitudes change more women are being accepted in typically “male” sports and pastimes with some being held up as examples before their male counterparts, Ronda Rousey, The Bella Twins in WWE, Venus and Serena Williams in tennis. We now see some women being the face of sports nutrition companies where in years gone by it was always a male bodybuilder.

You can make a choice today to quit comparing yourself to others, to quit behaving like somebody else, or to quit “doing”. We are human “beings”- just BE YOURSELF!

~Elle Mac~