― Tom Robbins
All was hunky dory so far, until the moment we fell into that rut called laziness. We could even call it nonchalance. We’d reached a point where we just had to do what had to be done, and moved on to mechanically performing the next task at hand.
Pragmatical doctrines tell us that only a select few are destined for greatness. The sad part, however, is how we take comfort in this fact and stay content with settling for second best, compromising, making do with whatever is available, and so on. Every once in a while, though, a nagging feeling creeps up, indicating that something is not quite right, and is not up to the mark.
So, are you ready to pull up those socks and punch mediocrity in its ugly face? Follow these steps and you’ll know how.
Wrong. Admit it – you always know that there is scope for perfection in every domain of our life. It is just that we are so overwrought with the thought of getting things done, that we invest very little time in devising ways to perfect it. Just makes you sad admitting it, doesn’t it?
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
To bypass mediocrity, we need to foster a deep sense of hatred towards everything the word represents. Here, check out the synonyms the word ‘mediocre’ has –
And these are just three among the many other humdrum (there’s another synonym) words. We spend our busy lives rushing to finish the tasks assigned to us, without even making an effort to make an effort. How then, do we avoid falling into the trap that is mediocrity? Here’s the answer for you.
– Jimmy Johnson
Okay, so most of us have more or less accepted the fact that we’re never going to win the Nobel Prize, or an Oscar, or an Emmy, or even a SAG Award. So, the only way for us to feel worthy of having achieved something is to put in our best in whatever little we do. Yes, there is a better way to file those documents. Yes, there is a smarter way to fold your laundry. And yes, there is always a way to do things better than you are at the moment. Attaining perfection need not be your goal, but putting in an effort always should. That will surely keep mediocrity at bay.
– Maya Angelou
Why do we humans feel obligated to like what someone else loves? Even Facebook does not have a dislike button to speak of, so all it leaves us with is the nodding in agreement part, however reluctant we may be. Unfair, isn’t it? So, it is important that you refuse to be influenced by the opinions of others and be “okay” with something. If it does not match your standards, modify it, redo it, or even chuck it out, but do not let your name be attached to something you did not approve of.
– Ancient Indian proverb
Therefore, if we simply do away with the option to ‘settle’ for the mediocre, we’d be crushing it at its nascent stage. And believe me, it would be a huge favor we’d be doing ourselves.
– Mandy Hale