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Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You from Ordinary to Extraordinaryby John E. Michel
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If you were to account for your life at this moment—are you living up to your own potential? Does your present state of affairs give you reason to be disappointed or discouraged? Is your job unsatisfying…your relationships far from what they could be…your spiritual life a mere shadow of what it once was? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then there is a very good chance you--like scores of other Americans--have been lulled into accepting a life that is simply "good enough." This is what I term a Mediocre Me Mindset--a confining way of thinking about your role in the world that convinces you to settle for the perceived safety of the status quo rather than push outside your comfort zone to try and make tomorrow a little better than you found it today.
In Mediocre Me, you will find a simple, yet profoundly powerful approach to rethinking the way you view your role in the world. Its a proven means of breaking free from the grasp of mediocrity so you can lead a life of true purpose, meaning, and significance. And perhaps the best part of all…its not a new idea! The concepts in Mediocre Me are actually anchored in an over two thousand year old legend. One that reminds us we are at our individual and collective best not when we are standing still, unwitting prisoners of the status quo, but rather, when we are unafraid to reject apathy and embrace action by leading the positive change we want to see occur in our surroundings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “America is another name for opportunity.” At a time in our nations history when we seem more divided than united, more fearful than hopeful, there can be no more fence-sitting. Its time to begin writing a different, more empowering personal leadership story of your own. One that will energize you to do what you can, when you can, where you can, to be a force for good in your part of the world when doing so is needed now more than ever.
Its certainly easy to understand why mediocrity seems to be the new norm in our country. After all, take a look around. As you read this we find ourselves burdened with immense national debt, polarized political parties, sky high unemployment, and increasing levels of hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness. All while our discontent with leaders across all segments of society leaves us scratching our heads and searching our hearts to understand, “how did we end up here?”
The more important question, of course, is where do we go from here? And, as importantly, what role will you play? This is where I have some good news to offer. (No More) Mediocre Me reminds us the solution to the current mess we're in is already present—“invisible” in plain sight. Its not found in another government program nor can it be dictated merely by expert opinions. Rather, the answer to our individual and collective challenges is found in the inspiring example of those citizen-leaders in our midst who are hard at work trying to move things solidly forward in their spheres of influence. And, best of all, they are waiting for more of us to join them.
Sound frightening? Challenging? Too difficult to pull off, you say?
"Quite unintentionally, we fell prey to the lie that success was a right we deserved rather than a privilege we must continue to earn. And just like that, the ethic of personal and collective responsibility, our nations true source of strength, began to collapse. Selfishness, propelled by slick marketing campaigns and the nonstop introduction of neat new products designed to make us look younger, feel thinner, or appear happier once again displaced selflessness. A growing sense of individual entitlement overshadowed the importance of maintaining accountability for ones personal state of affairs."
Ever notice when you “go the extra mile” you dont have much company? Want to know why?
Most people accept a Mediocre Me mindset that convinces them good enough is good enough—no need to go that extra mile. However, truly effective people think and act differently. They choose to always be and do more—recognizing the true measure of a life well lived isnt determined by titles, ranks, roles, or positions. Rather, its what we choose to do with every day opportunities to have more impact, make more of a difference, and do our best work to stand out from the crowd.
This book is for you if youre interested in raising the bar and you…
• Cant tolerate average, but arent sure how to break free from it
• Are resourceful, open-minded, and driven by what is possible
• Are done settling and ready to claim the life youve always wanted.
The exciting news is learning how to develop an extra mile mentality is easy. After reading this book, you will be equipped to routinely transform ordinary encounters into extraordinary opportunities to create the positive change you want to see---one interaction at a time.
Im looking forward to helping you discover how to get started.
Living up to your own potential? Job unsatisfying? Are your relationships far from what they could be?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then there is a very good chance you have been lulled into a Mediocre Me Mindset—a confining way of thinking that convinces you to lead a life far smaller and narrower than you are capable of leading.
Heres the good news--it doesnt have to stay this way. In these pages I will introduce you to a simple, yet profoundly powerful series of choices you can begin making today in your home, workplace, worship space, or community that will immediately:
Increase your effectiveness
Improve your relationships
Renew your confidence
Enhance your motivation
Elevate your satisfaction
Multiply your influence
Enrich your life
As you'll discover, we are all only one choice away from beginning to live the life we have always wanted. If you're tired of settling for less than your best and are ready to make more of a difference, then its time to say no to the status quo and yes to leading your life in a more excellent way--beginning now.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: The Legend of the Willing Burden Bearer
Introduction: Dont Ignore Warnings
Part One: Redefining our Boundary Markers
Chapter 1: The Mess Were In
Chapter 2: Sparks of Positive Change
Chapter 3: Invisible in Plain Sight
Chapter 4: Make Different, More Empowering Choices
Part Two: The Choices: Transforming Good Intentions Into Deliberate Attitudes and Actions
The First Choice: Take Risks...Be Proactive
Chapter 5: Be the First Penguin
Chapter 6: Risk Going First
The Second Choice: Model the Change You Want to See...Be Responsible
Chapter 7: Be the Difference You Want to See
Chapter 8: Reclaim Responsibility
The Third Choice: Love thy Neighbor...Be Compassionate
Chapter 9: Practice Jen
Chapter 10: Suffer With Affection
The Fourth Choice: Fight for Whats Right...Be Truthful
Chapter 11: Be Willing to Give It All
Chapter 12: Live Your Truth
The Fifth Choice: Embrace Change...Be Hopeful
Chapter 13: Facing Your Fear of Change
Chapter 14: Make Hope a Habit
The Sixth Choice: Check Your Ego...Be Grateful
Chapter 15: Beware the Ego Trap
Chapter 16: Practice Thankfulness
The Final Choice: Make Your Character Count...Be Real
Chapter 17: Character: Coin of the Realm
Chapter 18: Dont Chunk!
Conclusion: Lead Your Life for a Higher Purpose
Epilogue: Dream Big Dreams
Notes, Cautions and Warnings Summary
About the Author
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