12 Ways to Live in Mediocrity

1. Worry about what others think of you 2. Refuse to do more than what's expected

3. Make excuses

4. Accept "that's just the way it is"

5. Don't do anything that rocks the boat

6. Don't ask questions, or make suggestions

7. Do what you're told without thinking

8. Complain about your life and do nothing to change it

9. Be complacent and careless

10. Constantly try to please everyone

11. Don't bother thinking about tough subjects or learning new ideas

12. Keep having the same arguments over and over again without solving the problem

With these thought processes (or lack thereof) you'll be well on your way to a life of misery. Oops did I say misery? I meant mediocrity ;)

Moments of Mediocrity

To be great, you must be okay with being ‘less than great’ at certain moments. Those who become successful, have had the determination and foresight to see past the moments of mediocrity, knowing that if they push through, they will eventually achieve their goals.

Frustration can convince people to give up. Often people give up right when they were close to a breakthrough.

True, you need to know when you’re fighting for a lost cause, and have the wisdom to withdraw gracefully. But often, people just lack the courage to continue because they aren’t seeing results fast enough.

Everyone has to start somewhere and it’s a slow climb to success.

For the athlete:  There will be numerous crappy workouts where you wonder if you should just retire to the couch and abandon yourself to soaps and bon bons.

For the Writer: unimpressive blog posts, and you second guess hitting the ‘publish’ button.

For the Mom: Days of endless bickering children, chicken pox, and cereal suppers.

For the Scholar: All nighters with mountain dew and stacks of paper as your only weekend entertainment.

Those days, it seems so much easier to just throw in the towel, give up and go home. But often your greatest moments of glory are just after those hours of unrewarding work.

You set yourself up for success when you push through the agony, writers block, smelly laundry, and bad grades.

When you refuse to give up, knowing that these moments are experienced by everyone, and often they’re enough to force those people to give up. But you're stronger than that, and it's your determination to push through and your willingness to have moments of failure which will lead to success.