Have you ever found yourself in an environment where mediocrity appears to be the standard? Where people have set low standards for themselves and others, and show no sign of wanting to improve. I have. I have also noticed that if I’m not careful, this type of environment can begin to have a negative effect on my own standards as well.
In an environment where low standards have been set, it’s easy to get frustrated and feel like throwing our hands in the air and give up trying to make a difference. At the very worst, we may even wonder if it’s worth it to try to uphold our own high standards when no one else is doing so. Whenever this feeling arises, it’s imperative to remember that we are responsible for setting our own standards. Letting others set standards for us takes control to direct our lives out of our hands and places it in someone else’s. We should be the ones setting our standards of responsibility, accountability, and work ethic. We should set them high and never allow others with lower standard to adjust them for us.
The next time you’re frustrated by an environment of mediocrity and feel like giving in to, or accepting the lower standard, do the following:
- Commit to setting and maintaining the high standard of excellence you’ve set for yourself, regardless of the lower standards others have set themselves.
- Where possible, limit your exposure to individuals and groups with a mindset of mediocrity.
- Make a change. Whether it’s your workplace or a civic or social community with a standard of mediocrity, consider making a change. We have tremendous freedom to decide where and with whom we spend our time. Let’s take advantage of that freedom.
Setteling for mediocrity in one area of life is a dangerous slope that makes it easier to compromise standards in other areas. Be mindful of mediocrity and decide in advance to be the one who sets your own standard. It’s a great privilege and responsibility that shouldn’t be handed over to others.