“The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconstancy. The signature of Greatness is a disciplined and consistent focus on the right things.”
James C. Collins
Mediocrity = Chronic Inconsistency
Greatness = Disciplined Focus
The Right Things = What most fail to identify correctly…
How much time and effort do you put into identifying the most important things you wish to accomplish? Of course, I am talking about truly the most important, not the most urgent, the loudest or squeakiest wheel, or the coolest shiny object clamoring for attention.
If you were to order the list above to align on desired outcomes and score each component on a scale of 0 – 10, how would you rate yourself? These questions could apply to you in the professional arena, personal life, etc.
- On a scale of 0 – 10, how am I performing today? Be honest.
- Desired outcome = Greatness: (as measured by…)
- Do I have clarity on what greatness looks like and how I will know if I have achieved it?
- How am I/are we performing against this measure on a scale of 0 – 10?
- The Right Things:
- On a scale of 0 – 10, how focused am I/are we on the few right things that would be necessary to achieve greatness? Do I have certainty on what they are?
- What are the most significant gaps between what we want to achieve (greatness) and where we are today?
- Where are we spending time, energy, resources pursuing things that won’t help achieve greatness?
Are you choosing to sign off on your life with a signature of mediocrity, or are you going to pursue greatness?