Do you find yourself redoing things a lot, fixing mistakes or repairing things (projects, relationships, jobs) in your life? Or maybe you spend a lot of time on small things, never getting to the big things you want to accomplish in life.
If any of this sounds familiar, you are living your life in mediocrity.
Sorry if this sounds harsh, but if you aren’t living your dream life, it’s about time somebody pointed out the obvious.
Mediocrity isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some people are content with their current life. That’s fine. But I’ll let you know now, if you are content with your house, job, relationships, body, and finances, and don’t want to change a thing, this article is not for you.
If you’re still reading, then chances are you are like my clients and me. You want to feel amazing. You want to feel vibrant. You want to feel purposeful. You want to experience love and joy in every moment.
For those that dream of a better life, mediocrity fills the gap between your current life and your dream life. This article will show you how to eliminate mediocrity so you can start to live the energized life of your dreams.
You might have heard that attitude is 90% of success. This is awesome news because you can change our attitude in a nanosecond. In turn, by changing your attitude, you can become successful.
Imagine you go see your favorite band at your favorite venue with your best friend who also loves the band. You are excited and happy. You love the show and think it’s the “best performance ever.”
Your friend, on the other hand, had an awful day and spends her time complaining about her boss. You at the same concert but her review is “it was ok.” What?! How is it possible that you both saw the same show and have such wildly different reactions? The answer is attitude. You went in happy and she went in grumpy. The result is you have two different experiences.
That is the power of attitude.
Attitude will paint your experience of any situation and it will effect your success. If you hate your job, it’s going to be much harder to find your new ideal job. No matter how much you smile, your negative attitude will likely come through in the interview.
If you’ve ever been on a date with someone who is still bitter about their ex, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Attitude is everything.
That’s why the first, and most important, step in being successful in anything is exhibiting the right attitude. Attitude isn’t something you have though; you can’t buy it in a store.
Attitude is something you are. Attitude is your way of being in the world. Are you happy? Are you focused? Are you loving? Or are you grumpy, negative, skeptical or cynical?
Choose the way of being that will lead to your success. If you want a great relationship, be loving. If you want a great job, be focused, confident and rigorous. If you want a new house, be diligent in your saving.
I hear you, when you’re unhappy about your job, house, finances, or relationships, it can be hard to muster up a success-oriented attitude. Hard, but not impossible.
I’m often asked what’s my secret for fostering a successful attitude? My answer: do every thing in excellence.
Success requires excellence in everything. Apple didn’t get to be the most highly valued company in the world by producing shoddy products (Apple maps, excluded). Warren Buffett didn’t get to be one of the richest men in the world by cutting corners. The both strive for success in all areas.
While success is only 10% about how you do something, how you do that 10% can be the difference between failure and success. Do your 10% in excellence and success will come easy.
Imagine you started a new job and you desire to move up quickly. You get your first assignment. You have a choice. Do you cut corners while delivering the results or do you deliver the results in excellence? Successful people know the answer is clearly the latter. Attention to detail, pride of ownership and a desire to contribute are what employers are seeking and what will propel your career. (The same can be said for any other domain of your life as well).
You may think that was an oversimplified choice. Sadly, there are many people who don’t see the choice. Taking the easy way out is the only choice for some people. I hear people every day complain that they aren’t getting a raise, bonus or promotion as if these are all things they are entitled to simply because they work hard or have been there for x number of years. Hard work and longevity is not sufficient. Excellence is required.
Here’s the difference between mediocrity and excellence:
Mediocrity looks like: not proofing the report, ignoring or forgetting key stakeholders in a meeting or closing the deal at a loss. Mediocrity also looks like gossiping, griping, cynicism, and being “too busy” to help a friend.
Excellence looks like: proofing your report, inviting all key stakeholders to the meeting and closing the deal with profit margin in tack. Excellence also looks like acknowledging others, being positive and reaching out.
If you are struggling to find the success you have been looking for, inject excellence everywhere in your life. Be in excellence with your thoughts, choosing empowering thoughts. Be in excellence with your actions, choosing to acknowledge others, be diligent at work and take pride in all that you do.
Have the preceding paragraphs stressed you out?
“But I can’t do everything in excellence, I have too much to do!”
If you are overwhelmed by the thought of living every area of your life in excellence, take a deep breath and pull out your red marker. Look at your to do list and start crossing things off. Don’t worry you don’t have to delete them forever. But if you truly have too much on your plate to be successful right now, you either need to get a bigger plate or remove some stuff.
Living in excellence is about making the hard decisions about what goes or stays in your life. I know this can be difficult, but I’m not suggesting you do anything I haven’t already done.
As I wrote here, I started a new job recently. I love my job. I love writing for you. I love spending time with friends and family. I love making art. And I am committed to doing it all in excellence.
To keep my word to myself, last weekend I took my red marker and eliminated my every other week blogging schedule. Instead, I will write you one juicy article a month. It wasn’t an easy decision and I’m worried I will disappoint readers and even lose people. But I know I can do a better job if I don’t over load myself.
That’s how I’m living a life in excellence. What will you do today to live in excellence?