In the book entitled “An enemy called average”, John L. Mason makes the case that average is not good enough. It is an interesting read because the world in which we operate tends to applaud us for being average. Often we hear that it’s alright to be average because at least you are not below average. But for leaders average is a relative assessment. The question begs… average compared to what or who? You see the average salary in comparison to the Average American is around $30,000/year. But to be average in comparison to Warren Buffet in salary is something totally different. To be average in height to Napoleon is different than being average compared to Goliath.
The challenge for the leaders on this team is to consistently compare our efforts to those leaders that have achieved the goals that we desire. So if the average Black Diamond exposed the plan 15 times a month for a consistent period of 12-18 months, and your goal is to be Black Diamond, then anything other than 15 plans is a below average effort towards you dreams. And you are sub-consciously lying to yourself about your goal. Over time, below average effort leads to a below average self image, and a poor self image leads to below average confidence, and no confidence leads to poor performance, and eventually the bar get lower and lower until we find ourselves firmly planted in the pack of average distributors. Once we settle for average status then we begin to compare our efforts against the below average distributors in order to make ourselves feel better.
The TEAM culture is one of high standards, and our leaders the Woodward’s and the Brady’s are constantly raising the bar on each of us so that we can never feel comfortable with average results. I applaud our friends Mark and Rita Haas for being such great leaders in the TEAM, and I thank God for their success because it proves that hard work can and will be rewarded. Our team needs their example to keep us from being average achievers. We have endeavored to start another open meeting in the area, and up until now I believe our efforts have been average at best in supporting this meeting with guests and growth. In the next three months we have a chance to become an above average TEAM, and I wonder who feels like “Average” is their enemy? Who is challenging themselves to get out of their comfort zone? Who is going to be the next Lydia Siebert, and step out of the pack and lead? Who is going turbo and power player in this run?
I can guarantee that the average person on TEAM AO will not achieve any of the things I just mentioned. Average is the Enemy Greatness!
We are called to do more…
Do more than just exist… LIVE!
Do more than just work…EXCEL!
Do more than just think…CREATE!
Do more than just choose…FOCUS!
Do more than just dream…DO
Do more than just try…FINISH!
Do more than just see…PERCEIVE!
Do more than just consider…COMMIT!
Do more than just believe…HAVE FAITH IN GOD!
TEAM AO you have greatness in your grasp, and I know that I can do more… What about you?