Hey guys. This is my first post and this is about something which almost all of us have experienced, still experiencing. Hope you find this worthy of your time.
“The only sin is mediocrity.”
– Martha Graham
We live in a world where competition exists at every point of life. Being good enough isn’t the guarantee of one making the cut, but being the best surely helps. We are in a constant struggle to improve ourselves, to do something better, in a better way. There is no place for the ordinary kinds. And this has developed a fear of uncertainty in us, one which we all experience. This is the fear of mediocrity.
This is something we fear more than anything. We see it all around us, but sometimes it raises its ugly head to shred our mental stability into pieces.
We don’t want to be just ordinary, living life that most people live on this planet. We want to be unique, someone who stands out from a pack, someone who is best at what he/she does. And when we fail once in doing so, the fear of mediocrity already present inside us breaks free from its shackles and soars high upon our thoughts. It plays with our decision making, it makes us think of the negatives, sidelining the positives.
But this fear can be a good motivational tool, if understood and handled well. What we need is understand how it works.
Not everyone can be good at anything they want. One can excel only at two or three things. Take the Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo for instance. He is a great footballer and a good businessman. But is he a great tennis player as well or a great painter? No. So, we have to accept a certain degree of mediocrity in things which we aren’t very good at. But for the things we are passionate about, this fear will help. We can try and if we fail, we can try again.
It’s never too late to start over. If we aren’t happy with yesterday, we try something different today. Don’t stay stuck, we have to do better. All we have to remember is – The worst outcome is not failure, it’s mediocrity.
And yes, failing is no fun. But what’s worse than failing is going sideways for years and years. The worst is being stuck in a quagmire of mediocrity. The reason failure is better than mediocrity is simple : failure lets you move on, mediocrity stalls you and keeps you from reaching your true potential.
So, it’s better to pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with having tried.
Keep trying, keep pushing!