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Mindset Reality Check on Mediocrity


By Harry Petsanis and Donna McCance

Mediocre is an adjective that describes people, things, and situations as being merely adequate, in the middle, moderate quality, inferior, unexceptional, second-rate, common, so-so, fair, and poor.

The roots of mediocrity grow from things like apathy, ignorance, laziness, comfort, and conditioning.

Praise and apathy:


Comfort Zone:


Mediocrity has become the standard for most people. And they don’t just settle for mediocre, they start out with that being their goal. “I just want to be like everyone else. I just want to do enough to have just enough. I just want to feel comfortable.”

When you settle or limit yourself in any way before a process begins, during the process, or after the process, you have set yourself up for a life of misery. Misery and mediocrity go hand in hand. The reason why so many people are miserable is because they have settled for a life that they have chosen for themselves, but don’t want.

If you set low standards, or lower them, you can’t complain when you are stuck in a life that is substandard. The reason most people’s lives are substandard is because they didn’t set high standards to begin with. There’s a saying “you get what you got.” Well, if you continue to settle, choose not to strive, excel, and challenge yourself, you have no one else to blame but yourself.

Life is nothing but a series of choices. If you make choices based on mediocrity being the standard, it’s only common sense that you’re going to have a mediocre life. If you want a life that is far greater than the one you have, then you need a mindset that’s far greater than the one you have.

If you look at every result from the choices you have made in life and those results are upsetting, depressing, or unfulfilling, the odds are very high that you settled before you ever made those choices.

To change your life, you need to change your mindset. The first thing to do is to get your mind as far removed from the thoughts of mediocrity as you can. No longer settle for anything. Disregard the low standards you used to have and set new high standards based on excellence, success, and maximizing every single thing and situation you can.

The people that achieve at the highest-level think at the highest level. The thought of settling and being mediocre should no longer enter your mind.

Everything you do and everything you think should move forward with the highest standard. Do not accept or settle for anything less. When you think with an exceptional mindset, your results will be at the highest standard and your life will be at the highest standard. You no longer become dependent upon the praise and approval of others, because you have set your own standards of achievement and the gratification of success comes from within you.

There’s a saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Instead of looking at highly successful people with envy, emulate their mindset and thought process.

  • Look at people who are highly successful, focused, driven, ambitious, and relentless.

  • Learn from the people who strive for excellence and perfection. Watch their behavior and observe how they do things.

  • Live by those qualities that you admire in successful people and incorporate them into yourself. In time, those qualities and characteristics will be who you are, and you will no longer live a life of mediocrity,

Everyone, no matter who you are or what you’re doing, has it within themselves to be exceptional with who they are. Greatness lies within each and every one of us. We just need to believe in ourselves and reach for it.

And remember, “Once you become aware of something, you can no longer use it as an excuse.” -Harry Petsanis

About the Authors

Harry Petsanis is a philosopher of human nature, mindset specialist, and lifelong fitness and wellness advisor. He is a writer and author, with three published books: “The Truth is A Lie,” “The Logical Path to Life,” and "Knowing Me from A to Z, A Child's Mindset," which he co-authored with Donna McCance, M.Ed.. Harry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He has an intense passion for psychology and the human condition.

Donna McCance, M.Ed. is a business administrator, writer, author, licensed teacher and principal/vice principal with over 20 years experience teaching in elementary education and educational leadership. She has a Masters in Education, Masters in Human Services Management, Bachelors in Business Administration and Associates in Business Administration.

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