How to Break Free from Mediocrity

Does your life feel routine and monotonous? You wake up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, head out the door to battle rush-hour traffic, stare at your computer, sit in meetings, scarf down lunch, sit in more meetings, stare at your computer some more, fight rush-hour traffic again, eat dinner, plop down in front of the TV, fall asleep, and then do it all over again the next day.

Here's the real danger to the scenario above…when you allow life to become routine and monotonous, you can easily slip into mediocrity. And once you accept mediocrity, you fall prey to a vicious trap that keeps you from living it forward into your best life.

So the question is: How do you break free from mediocrity so that you can live it forward into your best life? The following 3 steps should help.

3 Steps to Break Free from Mediocrity

See great things. You get what you expect in life. I know, this sounds a bit cheesy, but it's true! The reason? Your expectations shape your vision. If you expect life to be monotonous and mediocre, you will see monotony and mediocrity everywhere you look. However, if you expect and anticipant more positive opportunities, you will likely see such opportunities even amid challenges and struggles.

Ask great questions. Since honest, self-evaluation is a major key to success, it's important to ask yourself regularly how you're doing. And don't be content with: “I'm fine.” Mediocrity and complacency are kissing cousins, yet both can be disguised as contentment. Contentment is good because it usually means you have a grateful attitude. On the other hand, mediocrity and complacency are not good because they are usually a sign of laziness and not living up to your potential. All this to say, be sure to go deeper with your self-evaluation. Ask yourself: “Am I truly content or am I just complacent?”

Take great actions. The Bible says, “Faith without action is dead” (James 2:17). Guess what? A person who says he wants to break free from mediocrity but refuses to take action is dead as well. As the saying goes, “A one-hundred-mile journey begins with just a single step.” If you want to live the best life possible, then live it forward every day by taking one action step in the direction you want to go.

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