There can’t be many feelings worse than seeing your child lying in a hospital bed and being told, potentially, it could be very serious. This happened to me and my husband a few days ago. I’m not going to even try and put into words what that feeling is like. It is impossible to verbalise.

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Eradicating Mediocrity (Part 1) – What are you waiting for?

Eradicating Mediocrity - What are you waiting for?There can’t be many feelings worse than seeing your child lying in a hospital bed and being told, potentially, it could be very serious.

This happened to me and my husband a few days ago.

I’m not going to even try and put into words what that feeling is like. It is impossible to verbalise.

Our son had been ill for a few days. He gradually got worse. Our GP suspected an infection of some sort and put him on antibiotics. They didn’t work. He continued to get worse. I took him back to the GP. The GP sent us straight up to the hospital.

To cut to the chase, turned out he had a bad streptococcal infection. It can become serious if it gets to the internal organs. We were blessed. It hadn’t affected his internal organs. They blasted him with heavy duty IV antibiotics. Within 24 hours he started to respond and improve. After 48 hours he had recovered sufficiently to come home to recover. He is now almost better and returning to his normal self.

The point of sharing this with you is this:

There are so many people who, at some level, feel their life is riddled with mediocrity.

Maybe it is their business, family life, relationships, money.

But why do so many people do nothing about it? Why do so many people just settle for the mediocrity hamster wheel and peddle it indefinitely?

What are they waiting for?

It seems to me that it often takes a huge crisis before people wake up and smell the coffee, not to mention do something about it. The problem with that is that it is gambling. Gambling that a crisis ends up with a happy ending.

Here is the point:

Don’t wait for a crisis to make a decision to kick mediocrity out of your life for good. Make that promise to yourself now. It’s time to eradicate mediocrity and create what you really want.

If there is any area of your business, lifestyle, relationships, family life that you are not happy with or feels mediocre, what are you waiting for?

As the famous saying goes:

Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. This is the real thing.

Stop settling for less than you want your life to be. Do something. Start to take action – now.

Whatever you do, don’t wait for a crisis to be the wake up call you need. Don’t gamble on a happy ending – create it.

This is Part 1 in a 2 part series. In Part 2 we will look at the real cost of not eradicating mediocrity and it’s not what you think!

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  • Wow Ali. So glad your son is on the mend. And thank goodness you trusted your instincts and went back to the GP. And what a great life lesson from something yucky. Looking forward to part two.

  • Your know El, one of the things I have learnt over the years in all areas of life is to always follow instinct, especially where kids are concerned. It's the times that you don't that things go pear shaped.

  • Ali, I'm so glad your son is better and you are on the other side of that event!

    And–once again, your post is so timely for me personally. I'm finding that even tho I've chosen to live the life I want, I keep coming to new forks in the road–do I want to walk further into the life I want or do I want to avoid my greatest fear that is standing in the way? Seems like each step forward involves facing down another fear. There's always another choice to be made.

    And I need to reassess that yes! it is a greater cost to settle for a ho-hum life than experience the fear and “create” (I love that!) a new and happy ending!

    I'm grateful for your honest assessment of the cost (mediocrity) of not choosing to actively create the life you want and prod –“What are you waiting for?” “If not now, when?”–to DO it!

  • Cris, thank you for sharing your situation on this subject. Your comment reminds me of something we should keep in mind when we reach a fork in the road – The pain of doing nothing and staying stuck is often more than the pain of taking the risk. Have you ever read “Feel the Fear and do it Anyway” by Susan Jeffers? Even if you have, maybe worth revisiting as it has some useful stuff on dealing with fear.

  • Ann Marie, my taste in music is very varied. Just checked out the track you mentioned – very apt for the “what you waiting for” theme of this post. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Hi Ali
    I’ve recently returned from some time away, and so the last thing I read was that your son was at home sick. What a frightening time you’ve had in the meantime, and thank goodness it’s turned out OK.
    All best

  • Anne Marie

    Hi Ali. Wonder what your taste in music is? I love Gwen Stefani's attitude and style. This remix of What You Waiting For? is one of my favourite tracks, for what it says and how it sounds:

    Anne Marie

  • Thanks Judy. Appreciate your good wishes. He is back on flying form now and returned to school today.

  • Ali, haven’t read Susan Jeffers book yet–AND I just placed another book order with Amazon earlier today–Darn! It will go on my book list!

    Good point about the pain of being stuck–I can’t stand that!–so that means taking a deep breath and taking on the risk (fear). It expands us–but each time it takes a conscious decision to go forward and face the fear.

  • Cris, I always think of fear as the thief of life. I think if we acknowledge that fear is often part of big change we can learn to walk through it to the other side. I tend to think of it as a little child needed reassurance – but once that re-assurance has been given it is time to grab the child by the hand and walk on.

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