First of all, “average” is just a concept that describes people’s unwillingness to do something extra. The whole concept may not sound dangerous at all, but if you get used to it, you’ll surely experience disappointing consequences — some of which will surely make you regret about not doing anything to exceed expectations.
So what are you going to do to stop being average and stand out? Below are some pointers that may help you out.
Why not start with your routines? Routines are constant and complacent, and it will be a nice practice if you start making adjustments to them. So instead of simply brushing your teeth, add flossing to your list. Doing 10 sit-ups? Make it 20. No matter how small a routine is, make it habit to add an extra layer onto it.
…Perfect! There’s no motivational adage that could get truer than this. A world class Olympian isn’t made in one day. Michael Phelps and Maria Sharapova didn’t become world-class athletes just because they have the talent or whatnot. They are who they are now because of hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
Start to Love Challenges
Challenges are not always bad. They shape you up to become a better version of yourself. One of the best ways to acquire a new skill is competing against better people. It’s a win-win situation; in case you lost, the experience you had will be of great use in the years to come.
Find a Mentor
You can’t go at it alone. You will need a mentor to make sure you’re on the right track. Are you an athlete? Find a coach. If you run an organization and you want it to win an award, work with a Baldrige consultant.
Stepping out of your comfort zone will be a meaningful and amazing journey. The trick to this? Never stop challenging yourself; always top your success with another success.