Many people in the modern world are scared of settling for mediocrity in their lives. We are afraid of looking back on our lives and feeling like we could have been more.
The people who settle for mediocrity in aspects of their lives, whether it’s in their job, relationships, lifestyle, environment, or general enjoyment and happiness, accept things for what they are without much thought on if they are living the lives they really want. They sense something isn’t quite right with their lives, yet they don’t take the steps to fully explore or understand why. They feel trapped, confused, or helpless. They accept the status quo for what it is and seek to fill the void with consumerism, higher status and comparison points. And yet, this is exactly what happens to a lot of people. They end up settling and living a life that is less than their dreams.
You can overcome this tendency: you don’t have to be one of those people who settles. You don’t have to be a victim of a mediocre life. You can live your life to its fullest potential and achieve your dreams.
In order to do that, there are simple steps you need to take. Although these steps are simple, they are not easy. If they were easy, many more people would be living the lives they’ve always dreamed of. If you are ever going to escape mediocrity, you have to be committed to doing what is necessary instead of what is easy.
Overcome Your Fear
People talk about facing and overcoming their fears all the time. Still, it’s rare that people have the courage to actually do this. Most people say they are going to face their fears, but when any challenge arises, they step back. When it comes time to defeat their fears, they get stuck and end up failing to move forward.
Defeating your fears is challenging, but if you take consistent action to overcome them, you can do it. All you need is a little belief and persistence. Don’t let your fears trap you in a life of mediocrity.
You don’t have to be fearless, but you need to be willing to take action despite your fears. The only way to move on to bigger things in your life is to deal with some of your fears. If you want to conquer those fears, you need to make a conscious decision to not let them hold you back.
Push Past Your Comfort Zone
The road to a life of mediocrity starts with staying in your comfort zone. Playing it safe is tempting, but it’s what will ultimately lead to a life that is less than what you want. Do things that challenge you every day. If you are used to staying home, challenge yourself to go out to dinner with friends. If you are comfortable always going to the same places and doing the same things, make a conscious decision to go somewhere different.
You know the saying, “the magic happens outside of your comfort zone,” but you need to actually take action on it. This needs to become more than just a quote to you. Make it your goal to continuously get out of your comfort zone.
Try a new class, make a new friend, talk to a stranger. These are little things, but they will eventually add up to something greater.
Don’t Worry About Other People’s Opinions
If you are striving for more than a life of mediocrity, others will most likely judge you. They may question why you are doing new things or why you don’t do things the same way everyone else does them.
But, if you want more out of life than the average person gets, you are going to have to do things others aren’t willing to do. Don’t let negative opinions or words affect you. It is not your business what others say and do. All that matters is what you do and how you live your own life. Decide today that other’s negative opinions don’t matter, that you will live life on your terms despite what others say. This will be hard, especially if you have resistance coming from friends and family. They may be coming from a good place, because they usually just want you to be safe, but you need to keep fighting for what you want in life.
Take Daily Action
It is not easy to overcome a mediocre life. It takes consistent daily action towards your goals and your dreams. Those daily actions will add up over time, until eventually you will be living a life that is beyond your wildest dreams.
You need to be committed every day to striving for more. Even if you start with just little steps, eventually those will add up to bigger steps.
Do something every day that will move you closer to living the life that you dream of. Make choices that support those dreams, and eventually, you will see your choices pay off.
Don’t settle for mediocrity because you’re comfortable, scared, or worried about what others may think. Take back the responsibility, do the work, and get intentional about your life.
Don’t let yourself give up, and don’t let yourself settle for less than an amazing life. Living an amazing life is achievable, but you have to put in the necessary effort to get there. It won’t happen overnight, but you can overcome a life of mediocrity.
Do you feel like you’ve settled for mediocrity? What are you willing to do to avoid it?