5 Ways to Overcome Mediocrity

Mediocrity screams average, common, and boring. Routinely pushing for realism can easily destroy not only your dreams but the dreams of others.

Realism is overrated. In fact, being to realistic de-motivates me and crushes inspiration.


Here’s what I recommend to overcome mediocrity:

1) Set Goals

One surefire way to be mediocre is to live a goalless life. Set goals. Set big goals. Living without any goals sounds like flying a plane without any destination.

2) Create Action Plans

Its one thing to have a goal, quite another to have an action plan. Many people make the mistake of setting big goals without fleshing out the action steps needed to accomplish the action plan.

3) Flee Fatalism

Mediocre people sometimes are fatalistic. In other words, why try if I’m not responsible anyway (ie it’s up to fate). They look for excuses to blame circumstance on fate or simply to fail. Avoid this. Live in the real world, but live with optimism, hope, and personal responsibility.

4) Avoid the Term “Realistic”

Usually when I hear the word “realistic”, it’s in the context of someone excusing a failure. Other times they’re giving reasons not to dream or flat-out destroying a dream. Realism has its place but it should be much rarer.

5) Enlist Help

Who do you trust? Would they enjoy helping you? Go speak with them. Another option is to hire a executive coach to walk you through this process and challenge you to succeed.

What suggestions do you have to avoid mediocrity?

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    1.) Clear Goals,
    2.) Hard Work,
    3.) Unwavering Focus.

    That’s my recipe. It used to be that I was scared to ask for help along the way – I was one of those “go it alone” types. But at some point I learned that asking for help really isn’t a bad thing and you can make some really good progress by gathering the right group around you.

    • bradandlindsey

      Ricardo, I think you are dead on especially on the part about clear goals and hard work. How did you go about gathering the right people around you? Any struggles along the way?

  • http://www.lifeasexperienced.com SethCaddell

    I think just knowing you’ll create plenty of crap before you create something worthwhile. That’s helpful for me. It helps me hang in there, when my writing isn’t what I know it should be.

    • bradandlindsey

      Seth, Part of what I appreciate as I learn is that the process matters as much as the product. I also enjoy looking back at things I did, wrote, said in the past. What else do you do to maintain motivation to keep writing even as you make mistakes?