“Whenever you’re faced with a major challenge, project, or assignment, you have a choice to make. You have a choice to skate by or to buckle down, work hard, and stay focused. At the end of the day, it’s all you can do is control what you can control and let the chips fall where they may.” -A quote from Brian Lima’s Heart to Beat about complacent mediocrity.

I believe mediocrity and even worse, complacent mediocrity is a disease plaguing the earth. So what can we do about this as individuals and as humanity?

We can’t change the minds of individuals who don’t want to be changed. The change must happen within. We show by sharing what we have learned.

But the unfortunate thing is I know that most people are stuck without realizing it. And it’s not that people don’t want to improve, it’s that most people feel like they don’t have the energy or time to improve. Guess what? We all have the same amount of time in the day. The reason why you may feel like you don’t have enough energy or time in the day is because of the way you use it. You almost always have a choice.

The Way People Use Their Time Determines Their Success

You have two choices.

You can choose to challenge yourself by putting yourself in situations where you feel a bit uncomfortable but motivated to continue. You’re continually looking for areas where you can improve your life whether it be reading a nonfiction book or starting a project. You’re genuine, humble, and show your gratitude.

Or you can live a life of mediocrity where you go to work, come home, sit down and play games or watch TV. On the weekends you go out late and get drunk off your ass. You do not make much progress, if any, towards any goals now or in the future. You’re stuck.

10 Ways to Get Yourself Out of Complacent Mediocrity

  1. Start reading regularly
  2. Join a book club or make one
  3. Join a community related to your area of interest
  4. Take some online courses to improve your skills in a chosen area
  5. Make an Instagram/YouTube/Blog about your area of interest
  6. Stop playing games/watching TV or Netflix/scrolling through social media mindlessly so much
  7. Start your own side-hustle without burning out
  8. Have a variety of hobbies, some of which help you to get exercise
  9. Network with new and long-time friends who you haven’t spoken with in a while
  10. Show gratitude towards where you are in life and where you want to be in the near future

What else would you add to this list?

There are so many other things you could add to this list to prevent yourself from falling into the trap of complacent mediocrity.

What would you add? Please tell me in the comment section below and get out there and start being active!

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