On one of the walls in my bedroom is a series of 18 small canvas prints with quotes / sayings on that fit in with the way I am choosing to live my life.
They summarize my values and remind me of the way I want to think.
One of these quotes is from Charles Poliquin, the inventor of the Bio Sig system we use at RISE.
You can see more on him at www.charlespoliquin.com if you wish.
The quote is ‘Mediocrity is the highest form of selfishness”.
When I first heard this quote it rung a bell in me.
I’ve always tried to do my best at everything I do.
But this particularity phrase I often use when I’m tempted by an easier option.
When the kids have been whinging for hours and I’m tempted to give in.
When a client disagrees with the advice I am giving them.
When things get difficult.
Whenever I’m tempted to take a route that is easier, but not in line with my values.
Whenever it’s easier to not be the the very best father, boyfriend, son, brother, friend, personal trainer, weight loss coach, business owner, mentor (or whatever other hat I am wearing that day) that I can be.
I was reminded of this when talking to a member the other day about porridge.
They wanted me to give them the ok to eat porridge for breakfast.
Because it was better then most cereals.
I often have conversations with others about other forms of exercise.
“Any exercise is better then no exercise” they say.
However, I, and the rest of the guys at RISE are only interested in giving you the best advice, direction, systems ad support.
There are plenty of people out there who will happily take your money for something that is “better then nothing”.
We’re not interested in that.
At RISE we will only ever give you the very best that we can.
If you chose to do something less then that, then that is your call.
Next time you are tempted to be mediocre at something, remember that “Mediocrity is the highest form of selfishness”.