It’s Easy To Be Average, however, mediocrity is not a worthy goal. For what it’s worth, “average” can generally be achieved by merely showing up. Yet settling for the status quo ultimately leads to destruction. Psychologist Abraham Maslow said, “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy the rest of your life.” John Maxwell’s Law Of The Rubber Band states that growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be.
There are benefits to Stretching, yet few people want to truly stretch. James Allen says, “You cannot travel within and stand without. Stretching always begins inside. That’s why we say, you must learn to lead yourself before you can lead others.
Stretching always requires change. We must believe we can start again - and that can be risky. You cannot predict if those walking with you now will be willing to walk with you as you grow. It may also mean you will outgrow your current position or career. Despite these risks, the dream is real. It’s never too late to be what you might have been. I like this quote by Rabbi Nahman: “If you won’t be better tomorrow than today, then what do you need tomorrow for?”
You are exactly where you should be in life given everything you have done to get here. How do you evaluate where you are and where you want to be?
How many people do you know that truly are seeking to make their life extremely better…not merely more money, but a truly better life? Begin by examining the 5 people you surround yourself with as a leader, in your career or your personal life. You are the average of those 5 people.
Specific Steps to Amazing Growth
• In what areas of your life have you lost your stretch and settled in?
• Have you been able to define your own potential? If not, seeking aid in this area from a coach or mentor may be in order.
• What habits have you developed that have hindered your progress toward your potential?
• Rate your satisfaction in areas of your life. In what areas have you become “average” and may have lost some stretching?
• Create some specific means for stretching in the areas of your life for which you are no longer winning. Remember to establish a balance between your potential and your present place so that stretching is both possible and challenging. This tension is critical, but you do not want to get so overwhelmed that you simply give up.
• Your stretching goals should be SMART:
Specific – words like “more, bigger, faster” are not specific
Measurable – without measuring, how do you know if you succeeded?
Attainable – they should be something you WILL actually do
Realistic – they must be something you CAN actually do
Timed – without a timed arrival, you are only creating a wish list
• Who are the people you want to bring along on your journey?
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