The Oxford dictionary defines the word average as something typical, normal, ordinary; not special. Looking at this definition, you might be saying to yourself, there is nothing wrong with being average because it means normal or typical, but you’ll be wrong to think so.
To accept average is to accept mediocrity and less than your worth. Being average is equivalent to a house owner selling his house whose current market value is £480,000 for £250,000, simply because that’s the average price of houses in his area.
The simple truth is that to be average is to be a mediocrity. It means to settle for way less than you’re truly worth. It benefits no one – not you, not your family and definitely not your community.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where the majority are living way below their average ability, which then makes those who are operating at their average capability feel like a success.
The fact that a lot of people are average or even operating below their average ability shouldn’t encourage you to live a life of average. It should instead inspire you to aim for a life that’s above average, a life at the top – where things are less crowded and life is a whole lot sweeter.
With so many people living a life of average, you might have falsely concluded that life above the average or at the top is difficult and time-consuming, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
To be above average or even to head straight to the very top of life isn’t complicated at all. It only requires some few things, I have trimmed down these few things to six specific things, these are:
- The Right Attitude
- Have A Plan
- Implement Your Plan
- Monitor Your Plan – Tweak It If Necessary
- Be Consistent
Have you ever heard the quote, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink“? This quote is simply telling you the reader that you can’t do anything for anyone if they do not have the desire for what you’re offering.
A person who wants to be above average or attain the best things in life must first and foremost have the desire to achieve such goals burning within them. Without the desire to achieve something, no amount of talking, teaching, training or planning will achieve anything.
The Right Attitude
Attitude is your manner, disposition, feeling, position, about a person or thing.
If you have the attitude that everything is just a waste of time, then everything will just be a waste of time for you but if you have the attitude that no effort is in vain, that every effort adds up to something good in the end, this will also be reflected in your result.
For you to be above average, you must have the right attitude towards life. The right attitude to have is the attitude that there are good and great things in life and there are more reasons for you to be above average and be successful than not to be.
The right attitude is simply to expect more good out of life and with this expectation, you will earnestly work towards being above average.
Have A Plan
So, you have a desire to be above average? You might even have the right attitude for achieving your desire, but where is your plan? Without a plan, your desire is merely a wish, a dream that might never come through.
For your results in life to better than that of the average person, you must have a plan. Once you know what you want, the next thing is to start planning how to achieve it.
Having a plan doesn’t mean knowing every detail about each step, it simply means you know where you are going and you have some idea about the things you need to do to reach your goal.
Without a plan, it will be impossible for you to suddenly wake up tomorrow with a better bank balance, education, personal skills, people skills or lifestyle. You need to plan to achieve these things. A person who hopes to win the lottery has a plan to buy the lottery ticket at some point.
Write down all the areas of your life which you know you are average or even below average, set a goal for what you want to achieve in every one of these areas, and create a plan for them.
Implement Your Plan
The best plan in the world is useless unless it’s implemented. I will assume that you already have a goal/target of what you want to achieve in every area of your life and that you have a plan for each of them; now is the time to implement that plan.
For example, let’s assume that your health and fitness plan includes going to the gym at least three times every week without fail. You must discipline yourself to the point that, even if the gym happens to be closed for a whole month due to an emergency, you will carry training at home at exactly the time you had originally allocated in your timetable as gym-time.
Effective implementation of plans means executing your plan regardless of any obstacle on your path.
Monitor Your Plan - Tweak It If Necessary
After you have successfully implement your plan for a few weeks, it’s necessary to monitor it and see if you can tweak it a little bit to get a better result.
In the business world, the advice is that if you have a plan to achieve a target in 10 years, the question you must ask yourself right now is “What can I do right now that will make it possible for me to achieve my 10 years target in 6 months?”
I encourage you to take the same approach with your goals/target. Monitor your plan, and if you are making progress as expected, then ask yourself “How can I achieve my target in one-third or half the time?”
By simply asking this question, you will notice opportunities for a faster and better result that you’ve previously missed.
Believe it or not, being consistent is something everyone struggles with the most. I don’t care how long you’ve been doing something, the desire to slack or skip a day or two will never go away.
There is no high-achieve alive who doesn’t battle against inconsistency. High-achievers have trained themselves to commit to their plans and routines no matter what.
For you to become a high achiever, you must discipline yourself to execute your plan for the day, week or month, regardless of what’s going on in your life and around you.
After, having a plan, executing your plan and monitoring your plan for progress, you must commit yourself to be consistent with this system. Without being consistent with your system (Plan, Execute Plan and Monitor Plan), you will end up going round in circles without making any meaningful progress.
To be average requires no work at all. The spirit of average and poverty are like twins. Both average and poverty require no work or plan. You achieve them both by doing nothing.
So, when someone tells you are average, what they are trying to say is that you have no ambition, goal or target in life. That you are merely making up numbers – you’re nothing special.
You have no business being average. You are God’s highest form of creation, you should aim to be the best version of yourself and work towards it.
When you decide to be above average, you might be surprised to realise how easy it is to rise to the top – this is because most people are content to just make up the number.
Know what you want, create a plan (your plan doesn’t have to be perfect, just have an idea of how), execute your plan, monitor and tweak your plan when necessary. When you do all these, I can confidently say that you will walk straight to the top.
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Have a blessed day.