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Jon really made me aware of a few important areas where I’m playing average (and shouldn’t be). Areas where I could be doing SO much more, but I’m not either out of fear of judgment or perhaps even fear of success (yes, this is a thing).
That said, I don’t think it’s critical or even possible to play “awesome” in all areas of your life, because only the truly important things need your absolute attention. The rest can be average (or below average if you can tolerate it).
Certainly, for me, that’s my house cleaning and I’m a-okay with that. I have a maid that comes bi-weekly to get the place back into shape and I’m happy to let it go to ruins in the meantime. My focus is too important to think about toilet bowls and dust bunnies.
Food for thought, but meanwhile, here’s a few other nuggets of wisdom to ponder:
- 99% of the people in the world do average. The path is clear and predictable.
- The path to awesome is much narrower than the other, more common path. The trickiest thing is that both paths begin in the same place and both paths end in harvesting and guiding.
- Average is so popular because average is familiar. We all know how to do average. Ninety-nine percent of the people on the planet do average. The road is well worn, the decisions are obvious, and the next steps are crystal clear.
- Average is predictable. Awesome is adventurous. So when faced with the decision to be awesome or stay average, most of us opt for the familiar, for the comfortable.
- You have to be brutally realistic about your present circumstances and wildly unrealistic about your future circumstances.
- Be brutally realistic when you answer the question “Where am I right now?”
- Purpose is not a final destination.
- Start where you are.
- Start on what matters to you. Don’t get locked into a single purpose statement that suffocates you. Live with purpose and enjoy a thousand different passions as you continually walk the road of awesome.
- Forget finding a purpose. It’s a never-ending story that will leave you empty. Live with purpose instead.
- Whatever you’re going to do, do it with purpose! As if purpose is an approach to life that can shape everything you do.
- Regretting that you didn’t start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.
Lots to chew on here, and really I only scratched the surface. Go get the book!! It’s an awesome read.