Let’s talk about the dangerous cycle of mediocrity. To be fair, I should say that it’s only dangerous if you don’t mind settling for mediocre, average, or just okay. Surprisingly, some do, but to each their own.
It’s safe to say that everybody falls into this cycle from time to time, myself included. The key is to try to avoid the cycle, pick yourself up, and get the heck out of it. (If you love having an average or below life and you haven’t stopped reading, now might be the time to stop.)
We know what needs to be done. We don’t do those things. Our life becomes average or below average. One day, we decide that things are going to be different. We do those things we neglected, and then, voilà! Things are average, even good. Since everything is going swimmingly well, we feel like we can stop doing the things that got us to above average. The next thing we know, we’re right back to average or below. We wonder what’s wrong with ourselves, the people around us, our circumstances. We blame anybody and everything (except ourselves much of the time).
This, is the cycle of mediocrity.
I’ll do my best to replicate a story I just read in one of the best books I’ve ever read. The book is called The One Thing and it makes mention of bestselling Author Stephen King. Stephen, like so many successful individuals, make time for their “one thing” every single day, no matter what. Each day, he would block out several hours to write, ignoring all other distractions. Some people would argue, “Well yeah, that’s easy for Stephen King to do.” To this, Author’s Gary Kelley and Jay Papasan bring up a really good point.
Can he do this because he’s Stephen King, or is he Stephen King because he does this?
Clearly, without devoting time to being awesome, we won’t be awesome. If we live in a mode of putting out fires, our lives will be running around and wondering why we’re mediocre.
We know what to do. We should just start there. And then keep doing that. And then again. Who knows. One day we might be somebody because we do this.