The Difference between Mediocrity and Excellence
Quote is from Shelton Smith, Editor of The Sword of the Lord, who said,
The difference between mediocrity and excellence is midnight oil, elbow grease, and the power of God.
Mediocrity is being committed only enough to our family, friends and "Cause" just enough that we show them kindness and remain faithful. Excellence is intentionally being committed, and discovering more of their heart. Mediocrity is performing the minimum requirements of our job. Excellence is going above and beyond what is required to serve our supervisors in unexpected ways.
According to Smith, there are three tools that help us achieve excellence instead of settling for mediocrity.
A life of excellence can’t be achieved in an 8-to-5 window. This isn’t a call to workaholism, but rather a challenge to realize that dreamers and doers who change the world put in extra hours thinking, planning, and working toward their goals. Our minds and bodies obviously need an appropriate amount of rest, but our spirits need time to cultivate a vision for excellence.
Practice makes perfect, right? Maybe close. The point is, people who do things well have usually spent a lot of time doing those things poorly, learning, and improving. This takes time. It takes years. Excellence is only possible when we’re willing to transition from dreaming to doing. We have to be willing to devote time, energy, and resources toward our big goals.
The Power of God
Obviously even nonbelievers, who have no real access to God’s supernatural power, can build nations, businesses, and legacies. But I’m a follower of Jesus, so my aims and pursuits should be oriented around God’s Kingdom. When it comes to seeking the Kingdom first, excellence is only possible with the power of God working within and around us. And that requires humbling ourselves, yielding to his plan, and depending on his enabling.
Every day is a brand new chance to decide to reject passivity and mediocrity and choose with sincere purpose and excellence. What does your future look like when you choose to take the hard road and do the hard work of accomplishing big, hard things?
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