What’s The Deal With Average?

Since I was a kid in elementary school, I’ve felt average. Average academically, average athletically; average. I have always accepted that it was just how it was. Some people were just meant to be average. 

Go to school, get good grades, find a decent job and settle into mediocrity. It isn’t so bad, right? Mediocrity gets you a paycheck, maybe a decent roof over your head and all the canned food your little heart desires. Average gets you a mortgage and car payment. I mean, average IS better than being at the bottom of the heap but…

Average is a trap. Mediocrity is the lazy way of living life. Most of us grow up with this mindset and never break out of it. We think that a remarkable existence is somehow out of our reach; that it’s reserved for a select few who were born with good genes and special talents. 

That’s a lie. Being exceptional at something and living a life of greater purpose is about choices. Everyday, we have a choice of what we spend our time on, but what are we choosing to do with that time? That’s the difference between mediocre and remarkable. 

When we choose to spend more of that time in comfort and convenience, instead of putting in the hard work and sacrifice, we continue down the path to average. I don’t know about you but I’m done with average; I’m done with mediocrity. I’m no longer content to live a life that’s unremarkable.

Make a difference. This isn’t about a selfish ambition to collect more and better material possessions than your neighbor. It’s a quest to inspire others. When we push ourselves beyond ordinary, we inspire those around us. 

When we choose to learn instead of vegging out, an extra hour of studying instead of television, waking up early to work out over sleeping in, when we choose difficult over easy day in and day out, our life changes; it takes an upward trajectory. The more we repeat this, the more we set ourselves apart from the crowd. 

Ask yourself every morning, what am I going to do today to make my tomorrow better…different? Then commit to do that one thing everyday. Small commitments and choices can add up to an extraordinary week, month, year and lifetime. 

This isn’t just about fitness, diet, exercise, or making more money. This is about choosing to live a better life in every aspect. It’s time to expect more of ourselves and make an impact on those around us. Don’t settle for average. Inspire someone today!

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Justin Skains

Hard-working husband, father, coach, and amateur ultra-marathoner who prides himself on results day-in and day-out...and oh yes, I love to write!

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