Do you ever wonder, “What is the difference between mediocre and exceptional people? I do. I always wonder, and my initial thoughts are: “If you are coming to work everyday for at least 8 hours, why would you not give it 100%? What is the point otherwise? Pardon my frankness, but am I batshit C-R-A-Z-Y?
Mediocrity looks like this:
- Making EXCUSES. They never take accountability for their own actions and constantly find reasons why they cannot get their job done.
- Coming in late.
- Lackadaisical attitude.
- No urgency in daily tasks. It’s like the main goal is to simply “get through the day”.
- They turn in mediocre work because they did not follow up and ask questions when they needed more information? Maybe they had a great chance to pitch in and looked the other way?
- Hoping things will happen to them vs. making something happen.
Exceptionality looks like this:
- Making the extra 3 calls a day.
- Focusing on the top 20% of activities that make you the most income DAILY.
- Helping others when it’s not needed, yet asking for help when you need it most.
- Exceeding expectations when nobody’s watching.
- Being loyal, collaborative and innovative for both personal and business goals
- Asking for what you want
- Being proactive and forward thinking
- Understanding your role and how to be the most efficient in your work.
The difference between mediocre and exceptional is so small. Think about it: if mediocre people gave 10%-15% more effort, what could they accomplish? Would they be exceptional? It’s totally possible! You probably know someone in your work area like this and you and I can both agree they don’t understand how close they are to being truly exceptional. The million dollar question is: Is their approach to business hurting you?
Change is in order. We can all improve, but if mediocrity describes you, here’s several ways to shift your thinking. Remember, it’s not like you need to completely start over or pick another career. It all starts with you. Once you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
6 Steps From Mediocre to Exceptional
- Mindset. Everything starts with mindset. Reframe! Refocus! Better yet, give yourself some free time to “re-figure out” what your initial goals, priorities and strategies actually were. (Spoiler-alert: if this works for you, skip the following steps)
- Get competitive with yourself and others around you. Challenge yourself to compete with your own goals at first. When you best yourself, chances are you can stack yourself up against the rest of the best and claim victory there too.
- Communication. Explore ways to develop better communication habits. Warning, this may involve actually communicating with others.
- Examine your fit. Are you in the right personality for your role? You are exceptional, but analyze the role and if your strengths are the right fit for it.
- Believe in the vision. Have you even thought about how special you are and how much your company needs you? Subscribe. Buy-in. Believe. Whatever you need to do, admit you can make a difference if you gave it a harder push.
- Get into character. The world’s perception of you is the reality they will create. Don’t risk being
perceived as mediocre if all it involves is a little more energy. Pretend you’re the star of the show and carry yourself that way.