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.

What I Learned From No.

We all have moments in our lives where we think “I’m so glad my mother never let me do that ” Whether it was playing video games all day, dropping out of school at 13, or riding your bicycle without a helmet. Whatever, it was, we can all be grateful for a mother’s wisdom and guidance. So thanks Mom for not letting me............

buy Jeans for $50. That taught me to spend my money wisely.

Have whatever I saw in the checkout line. You taught me to avoid impulse buying.

Have a boyfriend at age 12. I learned that dating should be purposeful and serious.

  • Take whatever medication prescribed by the doctor. It taught me to research and ask questions.
  •   Eat junk food to my hearts content
  • Go tanning
  • Leave my room a mess
  • Wear makeup at 8 years old
  • Drive with teenagers
  • Stay up all night on the weekends
  • Gossip
  • Watch hours of television
  • Swear

Thanks Mom for not letting me Say, Do, Eat, Go, Wear, Watch, or Experience, anything that I wanted, whenever I wanted. It set me up for success in making my own decisions.

So here’s to my mom and the times she said No!