Not many people would say that they want to be described as an average Jane or Joe. But, there are a lot of average people.  In fact, every day polling firms study the average person: how much they earn, what they wear, what they eat, how many hours they work, how much TV they watch, how much money they have in the bank, etc. Everything is studied to discover the behaviors of Mr. or Ms. Average – the common, everyday, usual, just plain ordinary person.

Average people accomplish average things.  They are average learners.  They are average givers.  They are average enthusiasts.  They are average thankful. They are average average.

You do not need to be average. In fact, you have to allow yourself to be average. You control your ambition and future. You do not have to accept and settle for the status quo. You need not succumb to being a victim of circumstances. You set the bar for yourself; don’t be average.

Take authority over your life. You can become a champion encourager and bring happiness to those around you. You can become a ‘can-do person’ rather than a ‘gloom and doom’ average person.

What if you counted 10 things every day for which you were grateful instead of worrying about what you don’t have? What if you told the significant people in your life that you loved them? What if you told a few people today that you were proud of them? Their day would change and your day would change, as well. You would not be average.

What if you said that excuses were done – no more? What if you proclaimed that anxiety, and insecurity are not the boss of you? What if you did not allow any individual to influence you to compromise your values? What if you established goals and zealously set a path to achieve them? You would not be average.

Require the best of yourself. Keep learning and growing. This is your life, your time, your watch. Take control. The next move is always yours.

Be unaverage.  Move forward.  When you get to where you are trying to go, you will know where to go next.

Here are a few points to ponder to not be average:

  1. What can you do today that will be extraordinary?
  2. You control whether you are average or not.  Look around.  What do average people do? How do they spend their time?  Can you do better?
  3. Are there people in your circle who could use some encouragement from you right now? Encouragement could be your best gift of the day.

Based on the book LeaderShift … Making leadership everyone’s business.

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