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Avoiding Mediocrity: Do You Dare to Be Different?

Avoiding Mediocrity: Do You Dare to Be Different?
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    Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.
    Patti Wilson

    I don’t know about you, but one of the things I’m afraid most in life is mediocrity. For me, life is too precious to be lived in mediocrity. Life is a golden opportunity, and we should use it as good as we can. Living in mediocrity means we do not use the opportunity as good as we should.

    Unfortunately, many people are trapped in mediocrity. I believe one of the main reasons is they do not dare to be different. You need to be different if you want to be above the average. The question is:

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    Do you dare to be different?

    This question might not be easy to answer, but how you answer it will make the difference between excellence and mediocrity.

    Here are some more specific questions to help you check yourself and take actions:

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    1. Do you have a dream?

    This is the first question you should ask yourself. I believe one of the main reasons people just follow the herd is they don’t have a dream. If there is nothing to pursue then why bother being different?

    But a dream is what sets you above the average. Not having a dream means going to mediocrity on autopilot.

    If your answer for this first question is “no” then start searching. I’m sure you have a dream deep inside of you. It might be something from your childhood. Maybe for long time you have been too busy to let the little voice of your dream be heard. This is the right time to heed that little voice.

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    If you have found your dream, the next question is whether or not you have the courage to follow it. Questions two through five will deal with that.

    2. Are you doing what you want or what you should?

    There are often implicit “rules” about what someone should do in a particular situation. For example, when there are two job opportunities, the “rule” says that you should take the one with higher pay.

    But is that what you want? I mean, does it help you achieve your dream? Maybe the job with less pay will help you achieve your dream while the one with higher pay doesn’t. Do you have the courage to be different and follow your dream?

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    3. Do you worry more about being loved than being what you love?

    Another reason why we don’t dare to be different is because we are trying to meet other people’s expectations. We often worry more about what other people say than about what matters to us. But living someone else’s life is a bad way to live your life. Why should you lose opportunity just because of what other people say?

    4. Do you choose what is safe rather than what is right?

    Maybe you are not trying to meet other people’s expectation. Maybe you just don’t want to take risks and therefore you choose to play safe. But this is exactly what many old people regret. When they were asked in a study about what they regretted most and what they would do differently, most of them answered: “I wish I had risked more.” Don’t let the same regret happen to you.

    5. If you had only six months left to live, would you do what you are doing now?

    You can only answer “yes” to this question if what you are doing matters to you. Doing what matters to you is a sure way to excellence since you will do it with all your heart. But you need the courage to be different and follow your heart. Do you have it? I hope your answer is yes. Life is too precious to be lived in mediocrity.

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    Last Updated on July 10, 2019

    30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

    30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

    What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

    You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

    Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

    Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

    But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

    To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

    A Few Home Truths

      “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
      ― Mark Twain


      “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
      ― Leonardo da Vinci


      “Someday is not a day of the week.”
      ― Janet Dailey


      “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
      ― Israelmore Ayivor


      “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”
      ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


      “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”
      ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret


      “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
      ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor


      “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”
      ― Matshona Dhliwayo


      “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
      ― Abraham Lincoln


      “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”
      ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere


      “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”
      ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes


      “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
      ― José N. Harris


      Some Practical Advice

        “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
        ― Hilary Mantel


        “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
        ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding


        “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
        ― Pablo Picasso


        “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”
        ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema


        “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”
        ― Clifford Cohen


        “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
        ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination


        “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”
        ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating


        “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”
        ― James Jones


        Some Tough Love

          “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”
          ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph


          “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
          ― George Bernard Shaw


          “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
          ― José N. Harris


          “What is deferred is not avoided.”
          ― Thomas More


          “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”
          ― Chuck Close


          “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
          ― Roy Bennett


          “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”― Sanjo Jendayi


          “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
          ― Debasish Mridha


          When You Need Pulling out of Procrastination

            “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
            ― Denis Waitley


            “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
            ― Karen Lamb


            Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

            It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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