I plead guilty to enjoying a cold beer or two, and I’ve watched with amazement as the decade-long bull market in the craft beer industry shows no signs of abating.
Alarm sounds. Hit snooze button. Steal 10 minutes of more sleep. Groan. Get coffee. Wake kids. Take shower. Get dressed. Yell at kids. Drive to work. Slump into chair. Check email. Check Facebook. Meet deadlines. Waste time chatting. Watch clock. Check Facebook again. Sneak out early. Wait in traffic. Get groceries. Chaperone kids. Shout about homework. Make dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed. Repeat.
Of course, there is no way this sounds familiar. Right? Maybe to our friends, but never to us.
Not to worry...these three tips are for those “friends.”
TIP #1: Quit living in Mediocreland.
Stuck on mediocrity? Well, look in the mirror at the person responsible. It's you. You created your average-ness...and you can dismantle it, too. Want out of the rut? Quit making excuses, quit pointing fingers, and quit waiting for a miracle to fly you out of Mediocreland. If you're ever going to leave the world of average, you need to start creating the changes you seek. Cast a vision. Create a plan. Take massive action. Passive residents are not allowed to fly.
TIP #2: Don't expect an overnight miracle.
It's impossible to go from "ice cold" (in the rut) to "red hot" (out of the rut) overnight. Massive change just doesn't happen that way. Don't expect it. Do expect, though, that you can grow to "red hot" if you hold yourself accountable to take one step a day towards the changes you want in your life. Single steps daily add up to big changes eventually.
TIP #3: Don't wait for perfect.
Waiting for the perfect scenario to unfold before making changes? Your reasons to wait before taking action might sound good in your head now. The problem is that five years down the road those same reasons will probably still exist...and you'll probably still be in a rut. Life is too short to wait for the stars to fall into perfect alignment before we take life action. Live and live now. Otherwise, waiting too long for the right risk-taking moment eventually leads to paralyzing fear… which leads to complacency… which leads to "I don't care" acceptance.
You get one life; why would you choose to live it with anything less than your deepest passion and most ardent dedication? We create the life we live...one way or another.
Shawn Anderson is the author of six motivational books, including “A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over” and “Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose.” For more information or to subscribe to his free motivational newsletter, visit www.ShawnAnderson.com.