Are you settling for mediocrity?

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Are you settling for mediocrity?

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Are you settling for mediocrity?

A couple of questions that have been bouncin' around between my ears for a day or two now: "Am I settling for mediocrity?" and "If so, how can I keep from doing so?"

Those are tougher to answer than you might think- for it requires one to be very honest with themselves. I'm the only one who truly knows if I'm trying as hard as I can, and you're the only one who knows if you're trying as hard as you possibly can.

If we're trying as hard as we possibly can, we should be able to accept our works' result even when it's less than stellar. But if we're not, we're settlin' for mediocrity.

We shouldn't accept mediocrity from our kids if we expect them to be successful down the road- and we shouldn't accept mediocrity from ourselves, either.

Not saying that's easy, though- the settlin' part is easy. Effort takes...well, effort. And work takes...you guessed it- work.

So how have things gone for you lately? Did you go out there on a prospecting trip and give it 100%- or coast along? Are you fine with your July sales numbers 'cause they were as good as June's- or are you fired up because you settled for working a few less days and you know you could've had your best month in a long time if you'd tried a little harder?

You have to score yourself on that one...How high did you set your bar?

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Are you settling for mediocrity?
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Bob Crane
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Thanks Dennis, sometimes we need to ask this question, it is too easy to settle into mediocrity.

Aug 04, 2012 04:15 PM #1
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Elisa Bruno-Midili, NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
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 Dennis

Mediocrity is not an option. Purpose is realized, contribution is made and leadership shows up anywhere within an organization.

Do something, something happens...do nothing nothing happens. The aim of being at a high level is created individually. Is it the ceiling or the floor???

Aug 04, 2012 04:17 PM #2
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Don't you think St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes, ought to step up and help folks out of mediocrity?

Aug 04, 2012 04:33 PM #3
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Bob:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  Settling in or settling period are never good.  Settling, complacency, apathy are no friends of good, no partners with hard work.  I hope I'm wrong- but fear I'm right in that it seems we're at that tipping point in our country's history where the last few generations will go down as the last ones who believed in the "honest day's work, honest day's pay" concept.  Current generations are packed with far too many folks looking to get their day's pay from someone else's work.

Aug 04, 2012 04:46 PM #4
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Elisa:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment and insight that seems more-suited for pep rallies than the wee hours of a Sunday morning!  I'm picturing you saying the words you wrote and motivating a whole lot of folks...to sell houses or climb mountains- don't think the task would matter.  That's a real gift, you know- and one I possess from time to time.  There are times, however, when one could ask me how that dang ant's gonna move that rubber tree plant- and "high hopes" would be the last thing on my mind.  I know others in your office are blessed by your spirit.

Aug 04, 2012 04:53 PM #5
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Michelle:  Thank you for stopping in, and for your comment/question.  I don't think I know enough about St. Jude...or Thaddeus, as we Baptists still call him...to make a call on that one.  For so long now, "St. Jude" has been synonymous with that great children's hospital in Memphis, same as I've always known Catholics to use the St. Christopher's medals for protection during travels and trips, etc.  Guess I need to bone up on my Catholicism a bit

Aug 04, 2012 05:14 PM #6
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Dennis: I came over from Bob Crane.

Excellent question. I don't feel right unless I set certain goals for myself, and then follow through with them! To do that, you might need to drop some other things, but that's ok, you can get back to them later. As long as you do. It's too easy to, say, start blogging in the morning and put off some very important chores or jobs that need to be done. No, no do those first, THEN blog away, for example.

Aug 04, 2012 06:28 PM #7
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Hella:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your thoughtful and reasoned comment.  I think you're dead-on correct as well.  When I went through our Leadership Institute last year- the best $25 I've ever spent, by the way- one of the topics was time management.  The speaker used a term I hadn't heard before- she said that before you go to bed every night, you want to write down what your "frog" is or "frogs" are for the next day.  When you get up, you're going to knock those things that you've identified as the toughest ones out of the way first, then you'll have a feeling of freedom for the rest of the day to do other thing.  It's all about having the knowledge that you've done the "have to" thing for the day- and the rest of the day can be spent on the "want to's".  With that freedom comes opportunity to set new and higher goals, and plans to realize them...again, no settlin'!

Aug 04, 2012 09:55 PM #8
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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
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Good morning Dennis. Getting true answers from yourself is a lot tougher than it sounds. To say we are settling is not something most will admit, even to themselves. Great thought provoking post to ponder.

Aug 04, 2012 10:17 PM #9
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
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Hi, Randy: Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment and sentiment.  I think it's a simple case of us falling victim to the wrongs of taking the path of least resistance.  I used "settlin'" in my post versus "settling" in a tip of the hat to a country song by the duo Sugarland of the same name.  That song's chorus hits things right on the head- and although the song's speaking with regard to a male/female relationship, it translates and is appropriate in virtually all facets of life.."I ain't settlin' for just gettin' by, I've had enough so-so for the rest of my life, Tired of shootin' too low, so raise the bar high"...

Aug 05, 2012 02:12 AM #10
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
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I am afraid our country is becoming comfortable with mediocrity and even less.

Aug 11, 2012 08:55 AM #11
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
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Hi, Charles:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  While I'd truly like to disagree, I'm equally certain you're spot-on.

Aug 11, 2012 11:24 AM #12
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