Let’s talk about goals. And achievement. And the vision that might drive them.
There are not too many people who would actually decide they don’t want to achieve their goals and have a better life. Most people would at least lie to themselves and believe they are driven to become a higher version of themselves. So why don’t more people achieve prosperity?
I think it comes down to them falling into two danger zones...
Danger zone number one is average. They tell themselves that upon average, they’re doing okay. But I don’t think they really comprehend just how mediocre average is in most contexts. If you stick your feet in the freezer and your head in the oven, your abdomen would probably have an average temperature. But I’m not sure you would find that very satisfactory in the big scheme of things.
The second danger zone is perfection. And this metric probably trips up more people than the average one does. Because they spend their lives waiting for perfection, before they take action. And end up never actually taking their shot. So they end up with mediocrity anyway.
The sweet spot to high-level achievement is between average and perfect. It’s where better-than-average, superior, and excellent live. That’s where you want to reside.
Special note to all of you lurkers out there: What’s it going to take for you to join the conversation in the comments below. Please let me know you exist out there!
I think your comments about the danger of perfectionism are spot on. I would also add that not only does it cause people to wait, and I have experienced this, it also causes people to be so hard on themselves that a vicious circle is started because it seems like nothing they do is ever good enough. I made it a practice to start watching people who are very accomplished, yet also very human, to afford myself a view that includes seeing people as having made mistakes along the path of achieving superior results. I get a lot out of your posts. Thank you.
This is very true. The remedy is to be above average in things that do matter to us and disregard the shit others are trying to program us with like perfect house, perfect car, perfect wife, perfect whatever. And the vice versa, an OK house, an OK car, a OK wife versus a house I like, a car I enjoy a wife that completes me. I would never strive to be able to purchase a Lamborghini or civilian version of Hummer since these are cheesy, classless toys for simpletons with cash, a trap for gullible rich people set by people with brains, equal in value to the famous l'eau du robinet. On the other hand I would cringe to buy a Daewoo, Yugo or whatever chap car make is on nowadays, these are just as despicable. I would however buy a nice Audi that suits my needs. A sweet spot.
Had to look up the "famous l’eau du robinet" as it's not that famous where I am Krzysztof. It is a little unfair to describe cars that you don't aspire to as "cheesy, classless toys". Doubtless someone once described a Viper in that mold - clearly not me. Each to their own is a more tolerant way of living as far as I'm concerned.
None of those cars are "perfection", nor are they "average", hence why would you criticise someone for being aspirational?
What's it gonna take to keep you from censoring my posts?
What you said about being stuck in mediocrity, while thinking about becoming perfect, is nothing short of perfect.
Thank you, Randy! This blog really hits home; especially danger zone #2! I have been a victim of procrastination for a long time and it's this aspect of having to do something "perfectly" which has made for this procrastination. As soon as I get in my head that I have to be perfect "analysis paralysis" kicks in and I don't even attempt or I am afraid to attempt even trying to accomplish a task or goal. Thank you, again for your insight and I just realized how important it is to start my day reading your postings. They definitely help reframe my attitude for the day!
Great post Randy well informative, its an excite to act upon what I believe and put the effort necessary to realise it. Thank you Sir
Thanks Randy. I think most people in this world never reach a conciousness level for understanding how yo reach a prosperity way of Life. Here is our mission: help them to elevate their level of concoiusbess.
One lurker from Slovakia is here ;-). Thank you for another great post Randy.