Contentedness. Familiarity. Comfort. Compliance.
We live in a world that values contentedness, mediocrity, and a "good enough" approach to life. We strive for average, even when we know we are capable of so much more. We allow handicaps to become our god and our failures to become our story. We allow the weak to rule, and the strong to be silenced. We call risk takers foolhardy and depict the "slow and steady" as wise. Those who dance to their own tune we label as misfits, while those who are happy with a mundane existence revolving around the start and end time of a shift as normal, stable, and "productive" members of society.
Or, do we? Do we honestly value these weak human traits, or is this a defense mechanism to be able to stomach the reflection of mediocrity as we shave in preparation for our daily trudge through our "good enough" existence? As children, we push, we drive, we strive to make the team, and we don't give up no matter how large the obstacle - until we learn the satisfaction and safety of self-deprecation. We watch the Superbowl, the NBA Finals, the World Series, and hang on every word Lebron says, but we do so from the comfort of our recliners. Our failures are muted by others' successes, but if we were true to ourselves we'd realize Lebron, Gates, and Trump would likely not watch a program to hear us speak. We have given up, but our heroes drive forward - refusing to take no for an answer, be content, take comfort in familiarity and balk at compliance. We live vicariously because we know what we were created to do. We were made in His image not to sit idly by and allow the mediocrity of life to dictate our choices, but to rise up and not only grow into, but expand, our potential.
Hunger. Drive. Determination. Heart. To be successful, we must replace our contentedness with drive to provide the vision and passion needed to push our teams on to greatness. Keep pushing. Keep driving. Know that today is the day to make the change!
If you do what is EASY in life, life WILL be hard...If you do what is hard first, life WILL be EASY!