Have you ever settled for mediocre in some area of your life or business? Did you notice how easy it was for this mediocrity to spread from that area to something else and then from there to another area and so on?
Mediocrity is like a dangerous virus . . . it is highly contagious. The smallest seed of mediocrity will grow and, once you are infected in one area of your life, mediocrity will spread everywhere. Mediocrity can define and even destroy you!!!
Mediocrity comes naturally to us. This is because mediocrity is the easy path. Mediocrity is swimming downstream with the majority instead of swimming upstream against the current. It is the path that is the least painful. It is the path of least resistance.
“The truth is mediocrity is natural.” Michael Hyatt
However, the path of least resistance is the wrong path to take. Inevitably, it leads to more pain and effort in the future when the mediocrity causes situations that are costly and painful to fix. For example, mediocrity with respect to;
- your choice of employees can result in a workforce that is unmotivated and unengaged and has a high workplace turnover rate
- your work-life balance can result in burnout, health issues, family problems, etc.
- your proposals and estimates can result in lost opportunities, a damaged brand, contracts that lose money, etc.
- your products or deliverables can result in high product return rates, high product repair rates and a damaged brand
So, what is the cure or the anti-virus for mediocrity?
Excellence is the anti-virus that eradicates mediocrity.
“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” Pat Riley
Do not settle for anything other than excellent results in all areas of your life and business. Strive for excellence. Excellence is hard to achieve but it is worth it. Excellence feels good. Excellence can also be contagious but in a good way. Excellence in one area quickly spreads to excellence in another area. Excellence kills mediocrity!
What areas in your life or business do you need to inject excellence and kill mediocrity?
“The quality of a persons life is in direct proportion to his or her commitment to excellence, regardless of his or her chosen field of endeavor.” Zig Ziglar