Look around your world today, and tell me what you see.
Most people see the same thing every day, from the same office they’ve had for years, on the same roads they’ve driven day after day. They see mediocrity. They see average. They see people getting by, working for the weekend type living. In fact, most of us would say that is a pretty good description of our lives, if we’re being honest.
It’s not that these people wake up each morning, look in the mirror and say, “Let’s go be average today!” I doubt anyone does that. However, being average tends to be the norm, regardless of what you do or where you do it.
I recently asked a friend of mine a simple question: what are your goals? I was reading a book on goal-setting and the value of writing down goals, so I was looking forward to hearing the answer to my question. Needless to say, I was a little shocked and without words when I heard, “I don’t have any goals.”
How can you not have any goals?, I thought. And then I remembered that I have lived most of my life without any goals, and I imagine most people would say the same. I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions that fade by Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about making plans to achieve something, writing it down on paper, sharing it with a close friend and measuring your progress. The fact is, most people never do this, and the result is mediocrity.
Mediocrity is not doing bad work; it’s just doing what everybody else does. It’s the enemy of excellence, and today is the day to break out of mediocre living.
Start small. Take a moment to consider one thing you want to accomplish this next week, write it down (being as specific as possible), tell someone close to you about it, and then do it. It’s really that simple to break out of being average and start pursuing being excellent.