Here’s the thing about most people. They really enjoy life at mediocre speed. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. Its just not my style. There are many reasons why people enjoy life at that speed, but here are a few of the most common.
Low Level of Dissatisfaction: This just means that a person is really content with the way things are. For example, what if I have to crawl into my car through the passenger side door. Everything else with my car is 100% fine. You may know someone who is OK with something like this, but not me. Why should I have to do this? First off, isn’t embarrassing? Secondly, why not get the car fixed? If you drive around like this for a couple of weeks, I bet your level of dissatisfaction would rise dramatically and you would do what ever it takes to get the driver side door fixed ASAP or get a new car.
Limited Vision: The person just hasn’t really thought about what they truly want out of life. They have never sat down and asked themselves the simple question, if there were no restraints on your life, what would it look like in 10 years?. BTW, this is a good chance for you to take a break and write down your answers to that question. Have a bit of fun and dream a little. Limited or
No Goals: I was reading the statistics from a 25 year study the other day and it stated that 70% of the population doesn’t even have simple goals for their life. WOW! What an amazing statistic. So I went out and tested it. I started chatting with family and friends and even asked others about their family and friends and found out that this is pretty accurate. Take a minute to think about yourself. Do you have goals? How about the people around you?
Corrupt Values: Somewhere in life, this person has built a values system that says, Mediocre is just fine. Why should I work any harder than I already am? Money will just make me a bad person. Only rich people can have a fancy life. And on and on.
Misshapen Beliefs: First off, beliefs are not facts. They are just things that people hold to be true. And by the way, they can change over time. But for example, if someone believes that money is the root of all evil, they probably wont have much of it. If someone believes that they cant have a nice home, they wont have a nice home. If they believe that they cant do something, they wont be able to do it.
Poor Skills: The lack of skills can really limit ones actions and decisions. For example, if you don’t know how to use a computer, you probably wont buy one. How crazy is that in a day and time when even my 5 year old uses the computer? What about financial investing? Suppose you don’t know anything about that topic. What do you think would happen? Well you probably wouldn’t invest your money wisely or at all. The lack of skill or knowledge in an area like this will simply limit you from taking chances and moving your life forward.
Self-Sabotage: Many suffer this one and don’t even know it. Here’s a really simple question for you. How much do you think you are worth? Lets start with the example of a job. If there were two job listings in the paper and both looked identical, but one offered a position for 75K a year and the other for 300K per year, which one would you, apply for? Most people go for the 75K job. Why is that? The major reason is how they value themselves. Most people would even wonder how two jobs so similar could pay so different and that the 300K opportunity must be too good to be true.
Small Comfort Zone: Many people know their comfort levels when it comes to any activity, skill, or other area of their life. When they near the edge of that zone, they get nervous and often stop. This coupled with the next item on our list are crippling to most people.
FEAR: Last but certainly not least, FEAR is the mother of them all. Fear of the unknown will stop anyone from making a decision. Now I don’t know about you, but life at mediocre speed is not only boring, I know that anyone with a pulse and any sense can live that way. But lets define mediocre. Mediocre doesn’t mean people making 75K a year. And it cant be defined by how big your house or check book is. Mediocrity in my own words is defined by your ability. So on a scale of 1 to 10, where are you right now according to your ability and potential? If you are performing at anything less than a 7, you are mediocre. It doesn’t matter if you have $5 or $5 million in your checking account. If you have the ability to do more with your life, you have an obligation to yourself, your family, and your community to give it your all. For all of those that answered less than a 7, what 3 things can you change about your life this month in order to get to a 7?
What are 3 more things you can change about your life in order to get to an 8?
Hopefully you are catching on and complete the list to get to a 10 over the course of the next 12 months. Here are a few things that you can put on your list if you are struggling to put together a list.
Sit down and come up with a list of 200 things you would like to accomplish, have, or do in your lifetime.
Set 10 SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time oriented) goals for the next 12 months.
Set milestones for each goal during the course of the year. Write a letter to yourself describing how you would like you life to look in 1 year. Write this letter from the point of view of no restrictions on what you can do, experience, or have. Make a list of everything you are dissatisfied with in your life and put a plan in place to change every item on the list this year. Sit down and list out what your current values are and what you would like them to be in 12 months time.
List out 18 negative beliefs you have around money, success, and accomplishment. Then burn the list. Its not serving any purpose for you. Write up a list of new beliefs around money, success, and accomplishment.
Post that list next to your desk, in your wallet/purse, or where ever else you spend a lot of time.
Make a list of 12 skills you need to acquire or improve this year. Then write a schedule for each month and 1 skill you will learn or improve in that month. Honestly assess what you feel you are worth. Is it what you are making right now with your current job or business?
If not, make a list of the 23 things you need to do in your life, job, or business in order to get your income to that level. Then build it into your 12 month plan for the year. Make a list of 4 places in your life where you have a small comfort zone.
Then come up with 4 ways to increase your comfort zone in each area. Make a list of all of your fears. If you try hard enough, you can probably list out at least 19 of them. Sit down and review the list to see if there is merit behind each fear. If not, make a conscious decision to eliminate that fear right now. Share your list of fears with someone you trust. Ask them how they feel about the list and you will probably find that they share many things on the list with you. If so, some up with ways that you can help each other eliminate the fears together.