I love the Comics in the newspaper and have my favorites. My family finds this odd because I’m not a big fan of sitcoms on TV and would rather watch a movie or a good drama, yet I’ll have fun with the Comics.
In the Comics section of my local paper last week “Ziggy” was told by his psychiatrist “You’ve got to choose Attainable goals…Why don’t you shoot for Mediocrity?”
That immediately got me thinking. Do I settle for mediocrity or pursue excellence when I set my goals? Are you settling or stretching?
Your goals should be attainable, but they should also make you stretch. Unrealistic goals only lead to frustration and discouragement. For example, if you’ve not made your first $1,000 per month online, it would be unrealistic and impractical to set a goal to make $10,000 per month for the next three months. True, there have been unusual situations where this may have happened, but it’s not the norm.
On the other hand, while your goals should be attainable, they should make you stretch so that you have to get out of your comfort zone and go beyond the level of comfort to which you are accustomed. This is the way that you can prove to yourself that you pursue excellence.
Being mediocre is not a comfortable place. It’s like a drink that can be refreshingly cold or stimulatingly hot, but very unappetizing served lukewarm. It’s enjoyed by no one. Settling for mediocrity is not a place where you really want to be because you know you will not be using your full potential or asking of yourself what you know you’re capable of doing even if you don’t have all the answers yet.
Instead of ‘shooting for mediocrity’ as Ziggy was advised, pursue excellence by setting realistic goals that make you stretch. Once attained you derive much more satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. This is such a much greater feeling that choosing to settle for mediocrity.
Mary Kay Ash, one of the 20th century’s greatest entrepreneurs said, “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars.”
What are your thoughts on the topic? Do you think it’s self-defeating to set goals that make you stretch? Please share your thoughts. We learn from each other…