“The truth is, mediocrity is natural. You don’t have to do anything to drift there. It just happens.” Those are Michael Hyatt’s words in his book Platform – Getting Noticed in a Noisy World. It’s the truth – in every area of our lives, without an effort to fight mediocrity, that is exactly where we end up, mediocre or worse. We would all like an extraordinary life, but we drift into settling for the ordinary.
Sometimes we take our marriages and family relationships for granted. We get caught up in the urgencies of everyday life and we forget things. We forget that our parents won’t always be here, or that we won’t always be here for our children and grandchildren either. But without a fight to make the most of the time we do have together, to make good memories that will last, we later look back and find we have been stuck in mediocrity.
A recent visit with our granddaughters prompted us to visit the store together and get some card games (including monopoly) and a game with dice. The dice had symbols on each side and after rolling them you make up a story using each symbol. It was a good and sometimes surprising exercise of the imagination. It would have been easy to settle for the ordinary and just drift from meals to watching TV, but we wanted to make some memories – and we did.
I’ve been reviewing the importance to me of coming up with some goals, both short and long term. As I recently shared, next month I turn 60 and I want to shift some priorities.
The main shift is that I want to move closer to special and extraordinary and distance myself from the mediocre. I have shared in Action, Application, Change that you have to take action to apply the wisdom you read or hear. But action alone is not enough. You have to make application of the specific wisdom that indeed seems so applicable to you. The most important step though, and the one I have missed over the years in certain areas, is that you have to be open and willing to change. If you don’t see the application all the way through to make a positive change in your life, the wisdom does you no good. You may have heard a fantastic message, taken notes and highlighted parts, been convinced that the wisdom of the message is applicable to your life, even realize you want to apply the principles to your life and determine to do so. But if you are not really willing to change what you hear and see needs to be changed in your life, you remain stuck in mediocrity.
I shared in Action, Application, Change that James 1:22 tells us if you listen but do not do, you deceive yourself. You deceive yourself into thinking you have made progress because you’ve heard wisdom that gave you insights. That makes you feel better, and the deceit that that is enough prevents you from following through and purposing to change. I have found that when I “come to my senses” (like the prodigal son here and here) and see the need for change and then purpose to be open to the needed change, improvement comes in a change for the better. How about you – have you heard or read something lately that should prompt a change for the better?
Thanks to http://www.kgsbikes.com/news/on-the-road-to-mediocrity-from-seth-s-blog for the image.