“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
mediocre – lacking exceptional quality or ability; “a novel of average merit”; “only a fair performance of the sonata”; “in fair health”; “the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average”; “the performance was middling at best”
Maybe you know someone that lives a life of mediocrity. What has that life brought them? Is the mediocre life the kind of life that you would want to live?
Take a look at mediocrity, is this what you want?
People what to live extraordinary lives and at the same time rarely take the steps to live outside of mediocrity. Think about the tons of self-help books that exist and the tons of self-help programs that are available and think about the vast ocean of self-help CD’s. People buy the programs, read the books, listen to the CD’s and return to mediocrity. What are you doing to live a life that is beyond mediocrity?
When was the last time you talked to someone who would work with you to move towards an exciting, positive rewarding goal? When was the last time you took your life seriously?
What can you do to move beyond mediocrity?
1. Turn off the TV. There is nothing on TV that adds value to your life. What is there subtracts value from your life.
2. Get the right amount of rest. Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep is necessary to be fully alive during the day, mentally and physically alive.
3. Start exercising. Even if it is just for a few minutes get out and start a regular program of exercise. Find someone who can exercise with you if exercising alone isn’t your thing. Moving is important for mental and physical capacity. Life is stressful as it is and exercising is just one way to lower the stress.
4. Eat the right foods. So many of the problems people face today are lifestyle choices. Diabetes is a lifestyle choice for the most part. People can either choose to eat low cost high calorie diets or they can choose to eat foods that are healthy.
5. Create a plan for your life. Mediocrity stems from drifting through each day. There may be a goal but in most cases it is just getting through today and then doing it over again. It is no wonder that people are “checking out” and finding TV as a way to get away. Create a plan and start working on those goals. Start with a 5 year plan and define what it is and where you want to be in five years.
6. Improve you. Spend the time and energy to improve who you are and the skills you need to be successful in the world today. The “old” world, the old way, are gone. It takes new skills, new abilities and new ways of thinking to compete in today’s global economy. Become an expert. Sometimes it takes digging deep into who you are to find out what it is that really makes you come alive. Find out what it is and then start moving forward.
7. Read. Reading is an easy, inexpensive way to improve your personal results. Start reading the kind of things that improve your value to yourself and others.
8. Get help. Work with someone to push you towards higher levels of performance. Doing it by yourself isn’t working is it? Getting more out of life in this fast paced world isn’t going to happen if you have to do it alone. Maybe a few people are able to push through the briars and thorns but most people aren’t able to move in the direction they want alone.
9. Make the time. So many people say, “I don’t have the time to ….” and it’s true. There is less and less time for “you” because of all the distractions that you can sign up for. It takes time to go to the gym, it takes time to prepare meals, it takes time to get ready for work, it takes time to do the household chores, it takes time for everything but “YOU” and “YOU” are important aren’t you? Make the time to take the time for you. If it is one day a week, take that time to focus on bettering you.
10. It costs too much. It costs too much to be mediocre? Improving yourself, either with coaching, attending programs, and working on being excellent will improve your life. It takes time and it might cost money. If you can pay for cable TV, if you can pay for “extras”, if you can pay for things you don’t “need”, then it isn’t about the costs. It is about the priorities you are making for yourself.
In 5 years where do you want to be? Do you want to be living a life of mediocrity? Make a choice and start living beyond mediocrity today.
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi