Let me ask you a personal question: Are you average or extraordinary?
Before you answer my question, think through a few things first. Determine whether you can answer “Yes” or “No” to each of these:
- I write down my long term goals every day – at least once.
- I have big, hairy, audacious goals.
- I create a daily action plan first thing in the morning (or the night before).
- I consistently take massive action to achieve my goals.
- Others talk about my level of performance and action behind my back calling me, “Lucky.”
- People suggest that I’m sending the wrong message – that others are intimidated by me; that I need to tone it down a bit.
- I’m considered successful because I have the best territory.
How did you do? If you answered “No” to one or more of these points, you’re someone that I would consider average.
“But, Tom, that’s harsh.” Or maybe you’re saying, “You’re out of your freakin’ mind!”
Argue with me…and then show me your results. By results, I mean your last six months, your last twelve months. Show me a consistent pattern of above average level of success and then, maybe, I’ll agree with you.
The problem is we’ve settled for average. When it boils right down to it, we look at everyone else’s expectations – our boss’, our company’s — as the standard to meet. Folks, that’s just enough to keep your job. And, in reality, it’s a sign that your goals aren’t big enough.
The worse part about average? It lulls you into thinking you’re doing okay. Everything is copacetic. Everything is just fine with the world. And then, like the frog in the kettle, you boil to death.
Here’s another way of looking at average — lukewarm.
“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
–Revelation 3:16 NIV
Yeah, I know, that’s below the belt. Or is it? When was the last time you were really thirsty and you requested a glass of tepid, lukewarm water? Even if you did, it was awful. It’s like drinking pool water in the middle of summer (not that I would know 🙂 )
My point is this: Stop settling for average. You owe a duty to you employer, your clients, your family and yourself to be ultra-successful. You should settle for nothing less that over-the-top excellence. Anything less is a disgrace!
Start by setting big, hairy, audacious goals for yourself. Set them big and bold and then write them down at least once a day – every day. Set your daily battle plan in accordance with the type and quantity of activities that position you to achieve your goals. Become the butt of the jokes at the office and make them consider you “lucky.” Who cares? They won’t be working there much longer. And you? You just might own the joint when it’s all said and done!
Go big or go home!