The dictionary defines mediocre as: “Not very good or great; ordinary.” (I would add, not very enthusiastic.)
How enthusiastic are you? For me, enthusiasm staves off mediocrity, and I’m a pretty enthusiastic person; always have been. One of my “secrets” is, I have a lot of things I like to do; every day I get another chance to do one, or more of them.
I will admit that I’m not a big risk taker. I’ve always had a fear of height, so I’d never jump out of an airplane (like my daughter did on her 41st birthday). I’m not crazy about swimming in lakes or oceans, I prefer to see what’s under foot. But, that shared, I won’t bore you with a list of things I “won’t do”.
You’re not an artist? That’s not necessary to understand; if you live your life doing all, or most of the things listed on the poster above, you’re pretty much guaranteed mediocrity.
Let’s consider the challenge of changing behaviors: “Do you like change?” Whenever possible, and it isn’t always possible, I like to embrace change with “baby steps”. So if you feel you want to change even one of these behaviors in yourself, be easy and patient with the process.
Let’s quickly touch on just the first point: “Preaching”. Personally, I don’t like being “preached to”; my biological instincts will kick in: “fight or flee”. Not being much of a fighter, it won’t start a full-on debate, I’ll just move on, having made a mental note. I do have huge respect for those who have chosen to “live what they believe”. Preaching encompasses many things: religion, politics, parenting, sexual preference, tattoos, gun possession, racism, medical marijuana, the list goes on. (Need proof, just spend a few minutes on Facebook?)
A long-time favorite saying of mine is: “Your actions speak so loudly, I can’t hear what you say.”
Here’s to less mediocrity! Sharon