40 Tips To Re-Invent and Re-Launch at Age 40, 50, or Beyond. (Tip #17)
Don't live for mediocrity. Find creative ways to expect awesome and make them happen.
Recently someone told me their organization could not afford awesome, so they would make decisions based on price and are happy with meeting budget constraints. Their association wanted to proved "Good Enough" to their members. It sounded so wrong... but we all do it. Money is a real constraint, but we forget that there are often other solutions than what we first see.
I have done this (settled for "good enough"). Heck, I will do it again. But I am now more conscious of finding creative ways to get what I want in all situations. This sometimes costs more money, but often it just takes discovering alternative options.
The older I get the less patience there seems to be in my soul for "settling" for mediocre experiences. I am working to raise the bar of what I expect from myself, and this is not easy. At 50 years old there seems to be a lot of habits formed, and many opinions that I have wedged in my brain. To take re-invent myself I have to be diligent and constantly reassessing my actions and beliefs.
Where is mediocre living in your world. Be honest with yourself and look to see if you can tweak how you behave and see if you cannot move the bar closer to awesome. It is not magic, but it can happen with intention.
Commit to seeing the areas where you are not living up to your highest potential. Be honest with yourself and don't let your past shortcomings make you sad. They are what they are. It is what you do today and in the future that matters now.
No change can come without honestly identifying your current place in the world. Too often in my own life I have rationalized my failures and continued to live in the same routines. This only produces similar results. When I have taken the biggest leaps are when I see the dumb-shit things I have done and work to not do those again.
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