I do not believe that most of us think about living a life of mediocrity but in truth that is exactly what is happening.

Mediocrity is when we do not strive to be our best and stretch ourselves to reach our goals. If we do not expect the best out of ourselves or others, then we are settling for something less, and if we are settling for something less we are allowing ourselves to get caught in the mediocrity trap of expecting less in life. I have often found myself being impatient with people because I can’t tolerate incompetence or someone’s lack of interest in their work. I find myself needing to take a step back and breathe in deeply just to release my frustration with people’s willingness to accept second best for themselves and for others. I was recently in a restaurant waiting to be served while watching two of the waiters holding their personal conversation and oblivious to the needs of their customers. That is not even mediocrity, in my opinion that is substandard behavior. Look around you and you will see what I am speaking to each and every day. We can cultivate healthy relationships with our children, friends or on the job or we can settle for those experiences that are off balance and even toxic.

Mediocrity is becoming an epidemic in today’s world because too many people--men, women and children are not striving to succeed. They are not willing to struggle and fight for what they want. There is a decline in the desire for achievement and a lack of motivation on the part of many to take self-pride in their work and in their lives.

I just read an article on how some school districts in the U.S. are making the teachers abide by a dress code, which includes no jeans in the classroom, no tattoos and no body piercing. I was completely surprised but pleased by the action taken by the various school boards. There appears to be a movement of back to the basics. How can we, as a society, expect the children to look presentable, act presentable and use their intellect to their fullest capacity, if those who teach them, and that, includes the parents, do not set the example and become their role model.

It is time to illustrate the value and importance of striving for excellence for all the children of the world to see and emulate; It is about teaching, encouraging and showing by example. If you want to be a source of empowering others, you must lead by example. It is our job as a society to make every effort to be at our best because if we fail to take the higher road, we will certainly descend further into mediocrity.

As a civilization, we must look for ways not only for ourselves but for all those who are within our sphere of influence to empower themselves to create higher standards of achievement. Discuss your values and endeavors with your children and grandchildren. Develop a healthy relationship with them and be pro-active in their lives. Share stories that will inspire and stir their imagination. With enthusiasm and conviction, we must strive to raise the intellectual standards of people and specifically the children. But we will not be successful in gaining their attention if we ourselves do not believe in those principle and/or attributes. Empower yourself to be the best that you can be daily and led by example.

Here is a powerful quote from Colin Powell, a retired four-star general in the United States Army and the 65th United States Secretary of State. He said: “Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you.”

With those powerful words, I will leave you to think and decide what you want for yourself and your children. Everything in life involves relationships. It is you who must make the right choices for your life and then be a pillar of strength to others; that is how you not only empower yourself but others to live the best life possible.

Author's Bio: 

Joan Marie is an accomplished Medical Intuitive, and Business Intuitive and is the founder and President of Joan Marie Companies. She is fast becoming the World’s leading authority on the teachings of Intuition and how to make your Intuition work for you in your life. She is famous for her uncanny details as a Medical Intuitive. People seek out her skill at being able to scan your body in search of clues for the disconnect as she sees the emotional link between the disease or situations happening in your over all health. Joan Marie has teamed up with Doctors from all over the world to consult with their patients to help resolve their medical problems. Many doctors refer their clients and encourage them to work with Joan Marie because they too realize that many medical problems are emotional based. She is also a medium and can communicate and deliver messages from loved ones from the other side. Joan Marie’s life mission is to not only awaken you to your true life’s purpose but to also assist you at the core of your soul with healing any emotional problems that are continually coming up in your daily life. Through her special talents and gifts Joan Marie can share with you the exact age when your problem began as she works with you to bring you specific tools to help you heal your soul and emotions.