It’s the only thing we need to understand when we feel we are living such a mediocre life. Why are we in such a mediocre relationship? Why do we have such a mediocre job? Why are we not moving beyond this mediocre life and it seems as if we are stuck in it forever? And why can’t we break out of that mediocre life? It’s because we like to play it safe.
We have been tricked into believing that playing it safe will make us happy and successful. One day we will become a success story. One day when we have enough money, enough time, are not depressed anymore, or we get that promotion we’re going to have an awesome life. The life we always dreamed about.
So, we keep playing it safe. Forever. We keep waiting, hoping for that one individual to find us. To choose us. To promote us. To make us famous. To make us rich. Only to realize after several years or decades of waiting that this may never happen.
We will never become movie gods or rock stars. That’s when reality hits us and we finally understand that by taking mediocre risks our entire lives, making mediocre efforts and being rigid towards allowing change, things will eventually lead to a mediocre life. A boring life. A life we’re so afraid of living. A life wasted in mediocrity.
If we really want to achieve something truly remarkable, we must take a truly remarkable risk. Everyone across the globe must make efforts to avoid mediocrity. I set myself up on this path in 2016, when I set up Beyond Red Ocean Consulting, and I’m so glad that I have!
Are you ready to live the life of your dreams? Are you ready to give up your mediocre lives and dream big? If we know where we want to go in the next 12 months, then probably we are not dreaming big enough.
In 2016, Liz Funk was a New York-based freelance marketing consultant for early-stage start-ups. When she started feeling ready for a change—professionally, personally, and geographically—she created a vision board.
A vision board, whether a physical poster or one created virtually using a platform, can become an empowering tool for setting—and achieving—your New Year’s resolutions.
“Vision boarding is a fun and visual way to illustrate your company’s goals in a medium where you will see them every day,” says Funk. In her own words, Funk said “It becomes an implicit, gentle reminder to do the things you said you wanted to do. I also find that when I’m having a challenging moment in my business, I can look at my vision boards and say, ‘Oh right, that’s the big picture.’ I feel my blood pressure go down.”
There’s a scientific theory behind this goal-setting practice. If you keep aside time to introspect about your business goals for the year (including time to create a vision board), it would enable retailers meet basic goal-setting criteria and set themselves up for success.
Creating your own vision board is like a visual representation of macro-level planning. According to brand strategy consultant, Kim Mackenzie, vision boarding is similar to a captain before they board a ship, meaning it involves clear plotting of the course.
This tool promotes goal prioritization, thus providing clarity about the vision and the steps required to reach the destination.
Creating the Vision Board will change the trajectory of your next year. So, before you create your vision board, first and foremost, it’s imperative that you write your vision down.
So, the first question is of course – where do you see yourself a year from now? This is what you’re going to ask yourself when you are creating your vision board.
You’re going to have all these ideas; you are going to clip some photos together and you’re going to curate what you want the next year to look like.
Also, you need to do a deep introspection of whether you have created a space for your new life. It’s imperative that you do that right – whether it is cleaning out your car or deleting some old photos, maybe some contacts that need to be deleted – everything that no longer resonates with you.
Whatever you’re putting on your vision board will have to first come to fruition in your mind and visualisation before it happens in reality.
Your Vision Board should scare you. If it doesn’t scare you, – then maybe you are dreaming too small and it’s not a Vision but a set of activities.
Take my example – 2022 I started the transition from being a Business Coach to Business Coaching Firm. In 2023, we want to expand further and have different verticals in Coaching and Consulting Business – these scares me because right now there’s so much uncertainty. I’m diving into the vision because I know no matter what happens and wherever we go, I know that this is my passion and purpose aligning.
Before you start acting upon creating this new life and this new version of yourselves, you should recognize that you can sometimes get so comfortable with what you have or what you may be taking for granted.
Hence, you need to stop wanting to stay average & mediocre because you need to change into something else in 2023. You will probably a different person than you were six months ago.
Reinventing yourself — maybe it’s you want to lose some weight, you want a new job, you want to try a new style – whatever it is – you must internally figure out first what you need to be doing every day to become a better version of yourself.
As we step into 2023, let’s promise ourselves that from now on we will no longer be mediocre. Let us reaffirm to ourselves to NOT LIVE A LIFE OF MEDIOCRITY. Let us give up all that is stopping us from fulfilling our aspirations because if for nobody else, we owe this to ourselves.