Blame. Delays. Tardiness. Irresponsibility.
No one wants to be defined by these words, but these are the words that come to my mind as I think through my past week. I think if I had a list of my top five least favorite things, moving would definitely be in there somewhere.
There are obviously worst things in life than moving, but it’s often inevitable that when you move, things often don’t go as planned, no matter how prepared you try to be. I’m definitely not a pessimistic person by nature, but I have to admit, I went into the past week, expecting some things to not go as planned. And boy was I right!
Internet service not transferred correctly or on time. Check. Bathroom not being completed on time. Check. Energy company not turning my gas on (which means no heat and no hot water), all the while the energy company blaming the contractor and the contractor blaming the energy company. Double check! All deliveries being delayed. You guessed it…check!
If I could pass on a lesson to my students, mentees, or anyone who is interested in living a purpose filled life, it would be this—say no to mediocrity. Say no to doing the bare minimum in your job or your relationships. Say no to passing the blame onto someone else. And say no to not taking responsibility when something goes wrong.
The word ‘mediocre’ is defined this way: “of moderate or low quality, value, or ability,” “not satisfactory, poor, inferior.” Ouch!! I know I don’t want any part of my life defined this way, and I’m sure you don’t either. Yet, somehow in society, mediocrity has become acceptable, and dare I say the norm. I’m sure I could ask each of you to think about an experience in the past month where you received mediocre service and you would be of no shortage of examples.
Be the example regardless if everyone else around you is choosing mediocrity. Be better. Choose to live a life in an extraordinary way instead of settling for mediocrity. If you mess up, own it and don’t blame someone else. If you can go the extra mile, do it (without looking for something in return). Be on time, do what you say, and say what you do. Don’t allow excellence to be the exception in your life.
You may not always get recognized for your excellence, but there is Someone who is always watching and will bless you for it.
“In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people.” Colossians 3:23-24
What better way to choose to live! If we allow this to be our guide in living a life of excellence, maybe—just maybe—we can get out of a norm of mediocrity one person at a time. And who knows, maybe the next time you have to move, everything will be amazing! (Okay, I can dream right! 🙂 )