Trying to navigate the space between average and great can be a hugely difficult undertaking when it comes to our own growth and learning. It can be so much easier to take the safer option which is to not change, not grow, not learn, and not develop ourselves. Especially when we are already doing pretty decent work to begin with.
As Seth Godin says though:
“On average, every population is dull. Individually and collectively, the slide toward average sands off all of the interesting edges, destroys energy, interest, and possibility.”
With each passing week, month and year comes the opportunity to seek deeper fulfillment in our lives. Some people tackle this challenge with ferocity while others do not.
If we are to do work that matters, staying still will never get us to where we want to be.
To some that may be deeply personal work that helps them to overcome certain demons in their lives that stand in the way of their well-being.
To others that may be up-skilling themselves to get the promotion they are seeking.
And to others, it might be taking the chance to seek the feedback needed to genuinely grow and learn within their own professional role at work.
Whatever it is, sliding toward average will never lead to growth which, in turn, will never lead to deeper fulfillment.
As you are reading this, reflect on your own life.
Are you sliding toward average or creeping toward great?
How do you know?
What evidence do you have?
And what are the next steps needed to turn the needle consistently toward great?
Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.