Stop settling for average!
Stop settling for average! ©Larry Winget
If you are an average person, chances are that you go to work, spend at least 2 full hours surfing the internet on personal stuff, fudge a little on your break and lunch hour, then come home, eat way too much unhealthy food, then watch four or five hours of television, go to bed, don’t sleep well or if you do sleep well, it’s because you took drugs to do it and then get up the next day only to do it all over again. If you are an average person, you spend more money than you earn, exercise less than you should and complain that there just isn’t enough time to get it all done. You gripe about your aches and pains even though you don’t exercise. You gripe about politicians and government even though you don’t vote. You blame the media for the fact that our society is going to hell in a handbasket. And you wonder why your life is the way it is.
To repeat myself for the millionth time: Your life is the way it is because that’s exactly how you want it to be!
“How can you say that? I want to be happy, healthy and rich.”
That is a lie. If you really wanted those things, you would have those things. You say you want those things, but the truth is that you just don’t want those things enough to do what it takes to make them happen. You aren’t willing to sacrifice your current lifestyle in order to get what you want so you end up living with what you’ve got.
Answer this one for me: Do you have a written plan for every area of your life? If you are an average person, you don’t. Most people spend more time planning their day off than they do planning the rest of their lives. No plan for their time. No plan for their money. No plan for their career. No plan for their relationships. No plan for their happiness. No plans at all.
What kind of house do you want to live in? What kind of car do you want to drive? How would you like to dress? What kind of restaurants do you want to eat at? Where would you like to vacation? What do you want your blood pressure to be and how much you do you want to weigh? How much money do you want to have in the bank for savings and retirement and other investments? My bet is you haven’t given any of those things much thought and don’t have a written down plan for even one of them. It is likely that these things are afterthoughts to you – things that happen after you have spent all of your money and watched your television shows. Maybe things you consider right before you doze off to sleep. These things certainly are not a priority, because iff they were a priority, you would have done everything in your power to make them a reality.
Remember: Your time, energy and money always go to what’s important to you. All you ever have to do is take a look at how people spend their time and money and you always know what is important to them. No exceptions – ever.
Stop being average (another word for mediocre) and step out from the crowd today. Do this: Get a sheet of paper and write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Be detailed. Then focus on these things every day. Add to the list when you think of something. Delete from the list when you realize that something isn’t important to you. This is not goal setting – this is priority setting. Then take action on your priorities. Just little steps every day that move you closer to where you want to be. Spend your money and your time and your energy on your priorities knowing that if you don’t, then these things weren’t really priorities to you at all.
I know that I write about this stuff all the time but that’s because it doesn’t take any more than this to make real positive change in your life. I really am a pitbull – I grab on to something and I don’t let it go. I will talk about these basic ideas until I die. Maybe it’s because I’m sick of the average people whining when they haven’t taken the steps to be anything other than average. Maybe it’s because I’m tired of the other personal development folks leading people to believe that it’s hard when it isn’t. Maybe it’s because I have done all of these things and still do to make sure I never become average. Or maybe it’s because it works! Regardless, I hope you are doing some of these things so you don’t get stuck living an average life, with average results because you don’t have to. If you do, it’s because you choose to.
Average is as average does. Stop being average by doing what the average won’t do. As Zig Ziglar always said, “As long as you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, then you keep on getting what you’ve been getting. If you want to change what you’ve been getting, then you’ve got to change what you’ve been doing.”
Go DO something different today.
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