Are you settling for average?

I’ve raised five teenagers and I’m working on the final two.  No, I’m not Catholic; just a busy Baptist.  But I’ve heard this all to often when correcting one of my many children, “What about (name)?”  “They do it also!”  In other words, if someone else does it — if the average kid does it — then it must be acceptable.

My challenge is this:  If we accept the average outcome or the comparison to the “average” is allowed to have life, what are we really accepting?  To accept the average is to accept mediocrity.  I’m not sure about you, but if you’re reading my blog, then I believe I know you aren’t willing to simply settle.  You and I are about excelling; we’re about setting a new standard.

Mediocrity, in the end, fails.  No matter how you look at it, if you’re willing to settle, then you’re willing to accept sub-par performance, sub-par results.  Sub-par is a recipe for destruction.

We live in a society where it seems to be okay to settle.  It’s okay to drift into the crowd and not stand out.  But in doing so, we allow ourselves to settle for second best and, as the adage goes, “Second place is first loser.”

I challenge you to settle no more.  Set a new standard – a higher standard – of expectation.  Set this new standard of excellence for yourself, for those who work for you, for how your customers are treated, for how life is to be viewed.

You and I are better than mediocre.  Let’s act like it.

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