OVERCOMING MEDIOCRITY

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Mediocrity is a state of being neither good nor bad in what we do and for some, it is not worthy striving against, because it is comfortable staying in there. It is however, important to realise that this debilitating attitude can be overcome.

 

The good book (The Bible), makes it clear that our Creator hates the state of being lukewarm spiritually and prefers that we are either hot or cold. To Him there is no neutrality in life and this should give us every reason to work ourselves out of mediocrity.

 

It is important to consider what may be causing the inability to achieve our goals and we need to examine our lives to find out whether it has anything to do with a difficult childhood or our tendencies towards laziness and procrastination. How about the comparison we make with our friends? Does it encourage or discourage us from moving forward in life? We all have innate ability to learn various skills and become excellent in at least one. We should therefore, pursue the one in which we enjoy and are good at and at the same time look at the simple spiritual practice that can enable us stay focused upon our Creator from whom we derive the wisdom to improve our lives. Such a quest will bring about diligence in our efforts and encourage a better understanding of our environment. This becomes the ideal time to take risks in what we do and remain hopeful that our effort will bear fruit.

 

There has to be a willingness to get out of the comfort zone and try out new ventures. We can learn quite a lot from great men like Neil Armstrong who was the first person to step on the moon. He must have had a curiosity and an ambition for what is in outer space and set out to achieve it. Such effort would appear over-ambitious and evil to any lazy person. Neil did and brought us invaluable information about features on the moon. We also find Dr. David Livingstone, the great missionary and explorer of the 19th century, leaving the comfort of Europe and coming to Africa at a time it was referred to as  the dark continent. He made significant observations on interacting and improving the lives of the inhabitants both spiritually and physically through the church and schools.

 

The determination that these men had called for rising above the ordinary and moving out to greater heights socially and spiritually. Today, our determination should lead us to learning new technology and seeing how it can uplift our lives. A lot of young people in Africa are now coming up with computer programs that have improved the business environment and we see money being transferred easily from one part of the country to another using the mobile phone. Information about availability of agricultural products can also be relayed to farmers in the country side with relative ease.

 

There is, therefore, need to have vision and passion as we strive to accomplish our goals and work ourselves out of mediocrity. We were made to have a profound impact on our society and not merely be resigned to defeatism.

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