THE POWER OF MEDIOCRITY.
Many people all over this great planet fantasize about a great life, a life with virtually endless means, and all of the options that come along with those means.
There are also many people all over this great planet who, although able, do not have what they desire, are endlessly frustrated, and who continue to make “experts” wealthier by purchasing and financially participating in “self-help” programs.
[In a 1984 Prince voice] “Well I’m here to tell ya, there’s something else…”
So many want to be great, yet refuse to do the tiny things that add up to greatness. So few will put in the extra effort, extra time, extra detail into their lives to make their lives what they desire. (Side note) I hate having to caveat everything because the world is always looking for a way to excuse it’s behavior. This is normally more than just a philosophical difference, it’s a very real, very natural resistance to the TRUTH. Facing the TRUTH is like looking into the mirror of introspection; you may or may not like what you see. SO, instead of saying I know that some people are physically unable, or have circumstances that make it difficult to live the life they desire to live, I am going to say, genetics aside, philosophical resistance (devilish advocacy) in this instance is….. well, BULLSHIT.
The first, and maybe most important aspect of mediocrity and it’s immensely consumptive stranglehold on greatness is the power of the EXCUSE. When looking into the mirror of introspection, it’s important to notice the circumstances surrounding said mirror. Often-times, introspection happens at times of “self-cleaning,” you know, when we’re getting dolled up to go about our day or night. As such, there is normally a fog that covers our introspective mirror, and we wipe it off just enough to see what it is we’re trying to see. If there are any imperfections, we do the work to cover them up so that we can go about our mission of “living” our lives. The danger is that the blemishes of mediocrity never really get addressed. The bad breath of promises we’ve made to ourselves, broken so often that we have to brush them away with a HAPPY NEW YEAR to excite ourselves about the prospects of doing “better” this time. Or worse, we surgically alter (program) ourselves to never have to address the ugliness of our mediocrity.
“Well I’m here to tell ya, there’s something else.”
There are two other options to consider over mediocrity in our daily lives. The first is hopelessness. This is a nice way of saying it is actually easier to live a sorry, relatively unmotivated, and significantly less than bountiful life than it is to be mediocre. When one decides to be sorry, there is no masking of intentions. The individual and those around her know very clearly the end-game: get as much assistance as possible while exerting the least amount of effort. This is also termed WELFARE. WELFARE is not limited to those without financial means.
There many wealthy people, normally those who have inherited financial means, who are not fruitful with their lives (call this WEALTHFARE). It just seems not to hurt as much because they have the ultimate face-lift: money. There can be emotional and psychological welfare going as well, but to keep things simple, let’s just stick with the condition associated with a fundamental lack of motivation to be mediocre or otherwise. This state of hopeless being almost magically activates others to act on behalf of the hopeless. Whether it’s the government or an enabling friend or relative, the results are generally the same.
The hopeless have embraced their hopelessness, and others have generally accepted the condition, while a few will take on the “hopeless cause,” bankrolling it with a hope for change or a fear of the person’s total collapse. News flash: the tire is flat. This is better than mediocrity if only because there’s really no question where we stand when in this state of being.
The other state of being is excellence. The extra effort it takes to be excellent is, relatively speaking, so small in reference to the results that come from pushing just a little harder. Is the highest prize always attained when putting forth the effort to be excellent? No. However, I can virtually guarantee that the failure to achieve is greater than the failure to try.
Excellence is attained simply by building on the smallest habits and putting them together bit by bit, much like the wooden building blocks many of us had as children. Attention to detail, focus, persistence, and completion are the four building blocks to a life of excellence.
Focus on what it is you really want. Mind the minute details of what it takes to accomplish what you desire. Persistently complete the small tasks that make up the big goal. Do these things until you have completed your mission.
If the end result doesn’t look like what you desired? Go back to step one: focus. Make sure you’re focusing on the right thing, then complete the process all over again.
The best gift you can give yourself this year, and for years to come, is the gift of rising above mediocrity. Your future self will thank you. And so will your bank account.