Mediocrity vs. Potential
* Over 40 years ago it was estimated that we used 50 per cent of the brain’s potential
* Over 30 years ago it was estimated that we used 40 per cent of our brain’s potential
* Twenty years ago it was estimated that we used 30 per cent of our brain’s potential
* Ten years ago it was still thought that we used between 5 and 20 per cent of the brain’s potential
* Today, we know that we are consciously using less than one per cent of our brain’s capabilities
Face it: you are an amazing creation, filled with incredible potential. To settle for mediocrity simply means you are willing to live beneath your abilities, capabilities, giftings and talents.
What Do You Love To Do?
What is it that you love to do? It comes down to answering the age-old question: “If you had all the financial resources needed and you knew you could not fail – what would you do?” If you have to think a while before coming up with an answer, it’s time to go back and reawaken your innermost dreams. To be without a dream puts mediocrity on autopilot. To some people, this type of question seems exciting. For others it is a little terrifying. That’s because the loss of a dream is usually accompanied with a loss of courage.
If something came to mind quickly, count yourself very fortunate. Your dream is still within reach. Now what can you do this week — perhaps this very day – to move in that direction? What can you do to pull yourself up out of the pit of mediocrity and set yourself on the road to excellence?
The Courage to Be Different
Are you guilty of doing what everyone expects you to do? You aren’t willing to take the risks – you’re more comfortable playing it safe. There have been studies conducted where people at the end of life’s journey were asked what they regretted most; what would they have done differently. Can you guess the most common answer? “I wish I’d had the courage to take more risks.” Will you have the same regrets?
Courage to Step Out
When a man named Harlan Sanders was in his sixties, he thought he had it made. His restaurant and motel business were thriving. But then a new interstate highway came in and bypassed his business. Everything came crashing down. Not only did he lose his businesses, but his property values crashed as well. Essentially, he was broke. So did he sink into the morass or mediocrity? It would have been so easy to do so.
Sanders simply took stock of where he was and what he had to offer – he knew he could make finger-licking good fried chicken. All he had to do was find a few interested folk to buy rights to use his recipe. So at age 66, in his old beat-up 1946 Ford, pressure cooker and recipe in hand, he drove around the country looking for those who would say yes to his proposition. Settling for mediocrity, or giving up, wasn’t even a consideration. If you’ve ever heard of Kentucky Fried Chicken, you know the “rest of the story” of this incredible businessman.
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” Albert Einstein
What about you? Where has life left you? Have you been slammed and knocked down? Or are you simply letting the cares of life press you down and keep you in that rut in which you’re living. (A rut is a grave with both ends kicked out!)
So go back to that powerful and thought-provoking question above: “If you had all the financial resources needed and you knew you could not fail – what would you do?”
So what’s stopping you? Dust off your dreams and get busy!
By Allison Pass