If you need a great New Year’s Resolution: Make sure that MEDIOCRITY IS NOT AN OPTION!
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking at all.” – General George Patton (WWII)
We live in a world where comfort and convenience are usually our first-choice considerations when it comes to making decisions. Led by apathy and stimulated by poor time management, mediocrity is a defect in our society.
We have become so used to limiting ourselves in what we believe we are capable of achieving.
Our vision of “acceptance” has blurred into mediocrity, as it is so effortlessly endorsed by society. With the increasing developments in the world in which we live, as well as a high demand for such developments, we are very quick to seek faster alternatives to completing tasks and bypassing hard work. We put ourselves at risk of losing the ability to reach our full potential.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michaelangelo
Heedless to the fact that we live in an illusion, mediocrity gives us a false sense of security. Living a monotenous lifestyle inhibits us from individual growth, as well as developing and maintaining our own abilities and skills. The quality of goal-setting, for the majority of us, has diminished rapidly over the years. This is especially prevalent in a world dominated by technology and indifference. Mediocrity feels no guilt in preventing you from accomplishing your innermost dreams.
“Fortune favours the brave.” – Virgil
Fear of the unknown and fear of failure are the main reasons for our lack of risk-taking. Mediocrity exists far below excellence and ambition, working studiously and undetected in our lives. It’s purpose is to achieve the bare minimum and happily accept the results, leaving underlying consequences for expectation. Together with lack of enthusiasm and apprehension, mediocrity serves to turn “average” into an accomplishment.
The monster of mediocrity is not as intimidating as it seems. There are simple methods that we can all do daily in order to avoid and eventually overcome mediocrity. It starts with having enough enthusiuam to take simple steps towards a big goal. Being productive and open to trying new things will always benefit a person, as new experiences lead to accomplishment. Taking the road less travelled is also preferable, as people will usually advise you against the things you should actually be doing. This links with motivational rolemodels, who are of great value to our society. The steps taken to overcoming mediocrity are not attained overnight, but will at least promote a less dismal and less disorganised lifestyle.
We need to forget about comfortable and convenient choices and focus on feeling concerned and passionate about hard work and well-set goals. We each have a duty to embrace tenacity, risks and persistence. The plague of mediocrity can be stopped, it all depends on the individual to realise this. At the end of the day, if you don’t “fit in”, then you’re probably doing the right thing.
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