Mediocrity is a being in the middle kind of state. It is state whereby you are not very good but at least you made it above average. At least you tried. You are not hot but not cold either. You are a little lukewarm, a little too at rest.
It is a very comfortable place to be in and if you did not know by now, nothing good grows in your comfort zone. In fact, nothing grows in your comfort zone. Excellence will stretch you. It will take your time, take from your social life, take from your sleep and even take from your belly.
If attaining excellence was easy then everyone would be on the train right? We would have a world of excellent pepper sellers and engineers but that is far from the truth. Many people would remain as lackadaisical as they possibly can as long as they get fed.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘Outliers’ states that anybody can become an expert in any field if they are willing to sacrifice at least 10,000 hours of practice.
If we were to believe him and analyse it literally, then I would have to ask, how much work have you put into your passion or career so far? More practically, if I were to become an expert writer only after writing for 10,000 hours, then how many more years of intentional writing would it take me?
Many people are gifted. Many people can sing, write, speak, cook (and the list goes on and on). Even career wise, how many doctors or architects are trained on a yearly basis. How many of them practice? Or eventually make it as experts in that field? The higher the climb, the less the company.
I recognize the place of time and chance happening to us all but God forbid your time and chance meets you at a point where you are not prepared.
I believe opportunities are available for everyone just like I stated in parable of the talents. Everyone has what they need for their unique journey on earth. It’s either they’ve not recognized it yet or they just cannot be bothered.
In 2 Chronicles 2, Solomon requested for a master craftsman who was a skilled engraver and King Hiram wrote back offering a man named Huram-abi along with his résumé. In verse 14, the bible records he can follow any design given to him.
He did not learn all this in a day. It probably took years and years of learning and eventual perfection, then favour and grace for him to be the first and only person recommended by the king.
Let your work speak for you. Discipline yourself to the point where your name can go ahead and prepare a good portfolio for you.
Everyone is talented but skills are perfected. They are learnt and perfected. I urge you to not only be talented but be skilled. You cannot be skilled at everything but start from that one and do it with an air of excellence.
It has also been wrongly believed that since God is all merciful and all loving, then anything can be dished out to Him. Hence worship leaders can screech off key and church can look like a dump.
The God who does not need your praise is the God you should give all your praises to.
If you need any convincing, read about the temple Solomon built for God. It was an edifice, one of the greatest projects of all time and God loved it. I know this because the bible records the presence of God resting in the temple so strong that the priests could not continue their rites (2 Chronicles 5:14).
This is not a call to pressurise yourself or fall into depression, but rather, it is a call to intentionally commit in doing small things everyday to achieve big goals.
As we approach 2021, I implore you to be your best and give God your very best. Be intentional about growth and be held accountable to it. Start small and be consistent with your baby steps. When you continue like this, one day you will look back and be surprised at how much ground you have covered.
P.S: I am closing for the year to recharge and rest (I said rest right😏). Thank you for following me on my blogging journey so far. Do well to read up, like, comment, share, follow and even criticize so I can be better and do better.
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I am sending love and light this yuletide season. I love you but God loves you more. He loves you like crazy! Enjoy