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Overcoming Mediocrity in Your Life

Overcoming Mediocrity in Your Life

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by Aya Fubara Eneli, M.A., J.D. AYA ENELI INTERNATIONAL

My greatest fear is not where I will spend eternity. I will be in Heaven. I am not overly concerned about fame and fortune, though they could afford me more choices. Rather, the thought that keeps me up late at night and awakens me before dawn is the fear that I would have lived and died a mediocre life; never living up to my God-given potential.

In my seminars and workshops on goal setting, it is often painful to see how small our dreams have become. Usually, the older the individual, the more limitations that person imposes on what is possible in his or her life. I am too old to learn how to swim. I am too old to improve my health. I just want to qualify for my pension.

That person has settled for mediocrity. That person has embraced being average. A mentor of mine used to say, “To be average is to be the worst of the best and the best of the worst.” Ouch!!! Is that really all you want your life to amount to – being the best of the worst?

And yet, many of us, more so highly educated individuals, ultimately get lulled to sleep and into this false sense of security by mediocrity. We say things like, “Well, as long as we can afford one family vacation a year, we are OK.” Or, “I am doing better than most; I have a good paying job.”

So pervasive and insidious is mediocrity that we begin to celebrate and reward being average in our children, in our work places, in our homes. We are quick to knock down anyone who would dare to dream and act beyond the limits we have placed on ourselves. “Who is she to be that physically fit at her age? She should be fat and out of shape like the rest of us.”

“He drives up here like he is God’s gift to man just because he runs a successful company. Hang around dude, and hard times will hit you too.”

Do your own personal inventory. Are you apt to disdain or be envious of successful people? Do you find yourself repeatedly giving excuses and justifying actions that do not promote excellence in your life? Do you experience frequent pangs of regret? Have you been down-sizing your dreams?

It is time for a change. The time is now to transform your thoughts on what is possible in your life. Uta Hagen says, “We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.”

How do we escape the insidious nature of mediocrity? First, start by recognizing the mediocre in and around us. Secondly, by choosing to accept the truth that God created each individual uniquely and we are all gifted and talented in our own way.

Thirdly, begin to cultivate a vision of what’s possible for you. Who is excellent in an area where you have talent? What did that person do to develop their talent? Figure out the price for excellence in your life and persist in paying it.

Get around other people aiming for excellence. Your environment will change you before you will change your environment. Iron sharpens iron. Get around others who will continue to stretch, motivate and inspire you to be your very best.

Mediocre people compete with others; people of excellence compete against themselves. Break the chains of mediocrity today and reap a life beyond your wildest dreams.  I wish you your abundant life.

Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. She and her husband live in Central Texas with their five miraculous children. For more information, visit www.ayaeneli.com, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at info@ayaeneli.com.

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