To be normal is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful. Carl Jung
Normal is not something to aspire to; it’s something to get away from. Jodie Foster
When you’re average, you’re just as close to the bottom as you are the top. Alfred N Whitehead
Is it desirable to be considered average? Average is a relative term that basically describes characteristics that are normal and typical. No one is likely to be statistically average is every category. If there were such a thing as perfectly average person, that person would be considered abnormal because they would be non-descript.
An average person is a general description. It describes the typical person who is like everyone else. At the very least, it would be desirable to be at a minimum, “average”. We do not want to be any lower, or worse than anyone else as to such characteristics as intelligence, weight, height, appearance, income, and health. ‘Less than average’ would be considered very undesirable and possibly even “handicapped”.
Not finding ourselves at least average will likely cause us to resent our ‘different-ness’. If we have problems with an ‘undesirable’, such as being obese, we wish very much to be at least average. We are likely to suffer problems with self-image, self-concept and other self- issues. If we are ‘gifted’ in a category that is considerably higher than normal, such as intelligence, we will likely have to deal with others issues. We could have problems with conceit, arrogance, vanity and ego. Even those who are average may have issues with their “average-ness”. Overcoming a negative trait to achieve ‘average’ can be good and desirable. For those whose potential is above average, then being average is a copout and represents underachieving as compared to a person’s capability.
There is an element of average that equates to status quo, comfort zone and conformity. The average person, the majority of us, is averse to taking risk, stepping out or to pushing ourselves. There is safety in numbers, being among the average, causes us to not feel so bad about ourselves and may give us a sense of security.
In most respects, it is of marginal value to compare ourselves to others. We should compare and measure ourselves against our potential. The important thing is that we strive to live up to our capabilities and abilities. If we accept anything less than that, we are being less than we can be. Many of us are performing and living at a level that is below our capabilities. Many of us are underachieving. Accepting average because most people are average is undesirable when we have the potential for so much more.
Challenge: You have it within to be more than you are. Chances are that you have some issues that prevent you from being satisfied and content. Act on these issues and strive to develop your potential. Do not accept average, when you are capable of being more than average. Do not accept the standards of others. Hold yourself accountable to becoming the person that lies dormant within you. Dare to become that person.
Wisdom: The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. Andrew Carnegie
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5, 6
God has given each of us talents and abilities. He is our Heavenly Father and desires the best for us. He has things he wants us to do and accomplish. We will never find joy and happiness until we can trust him, walk with him, and use our talents and abilities to start living the life we were meant to live. Too many are searching for answer in the wrong places. If we will look to God, he will show us the way to be what we should be.
Prayer: Help me to let go and let you more and more each day. Help me to become what you want me to be.