Highly developed spirits often encounter resistance from mediocre minds Einstein
Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people. Joseph Joubert
Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down. William Winans
Mediocrity implies average. This is okay if it means we are living and performing to our potential. For too many it is an acceptance of being less than our best; content with “averageness”. When our lives are over, we likely will have underachieved and underperformed when measured against the potential of our raw talent, intelligence, and ability. Many of us are living at too low a level of performance; not sufficiently challenging ourselves and accepting of our complacency. Mediocrity has trapped and imprisoned us.
We need new and challenging experiences. Too many of us are afraid of life. We are like the tortoise retreating into his shell rather than taking on risks; too often dwelling and hiding deep within our comfort zone. We are like the ostrich burying its head in the sand. Instead of growing and becoming, we relish the status quo.
We are reluctant to hold ourselves accountable. Many of us know we do not live to our potential. We are aware of our daily opportunities to experience, grow, become and do new and good things; yet we fail to step forward, accepting our mediocrity rather than embracing our challenges. Many of us go to work and embrace mediocrity on a regular basis. Instead of being proactive, we are passive. Instead of being the driver on our own tour bus, we are the passenger. Instead of deciding where we want to go, we go wherever life decides to take us. In order to overcome the stagnancy of mediocrity, we must decide to hold ourselves to higher standards of accountability, challenge and expectation. We must do something different that we presently are doing.
Life’s battles are fought more from within rather than from without. The challenge is to become a better manager, task master, teacher, coach, and counselor to ourselves. To rise above mediocrity requires expecting more from ourselves and putting forth better efforts. It is critical to realize that change needs to come from our heart, soul and mind. It requires patient perseverance and commitment to pushing forward. The old adage that “by the inch, it is a cinch” advocates small baby steps. We need to be thanking and moving forward; to be able to look in the rear view mirror and notice mediocrity falling behind into the distance. When we focus on new standards and higher expectations we will see opportunities for personal growth waiting on us.
Challenge: Measure yourself against your known potential. Grade yourself as mediocre or as a person who is achieving at potential? Be totally honest. If you are mediocre, why do you accept less than your best? Starting today make a commitment to holding yourself more accountable to daily incremental growth. Seek to grow a little every day. Leave your mediocrity in the dust behind you. Be all you can be by doing a little more today.
Wisdom: People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. Andrew Carnegie
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11
The sluggard craves and gives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
We all have talents and abilities. If we embrace and use them, we will be more than mediocre. When we totally depend upon our own strength, we are limited and fall short of achieving our potential. When we allow God to help us we will achieve and accomplish far more than we can by doing it totally on our own. Our talents and abilities are a gift from God. He will certainly help us to learn to use them and make the most of our lives.
Prayer: Help me to have the strength and the commitment to live up to your expectations of me.