When Mediocrity Reigns

   The dictionary aptly defines mediocrity as “moderate to inferior in quality." Derived from the French term of the same spelling, mediocre literally means “halfway up the mountain.” Insinuating how accepting mediocrity is to fail to achieve one’s objective or fall short of attaining one’s potential.  If I had only one word to capture the essence of this definition I’d offer the term . . . settling.

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The Seymour the Seagull Complex..."Mine, Mine, Mine!"

     When the founding fathers of this nation penned the document which has guided our country for almost two-hundred and fifty years, the Declaration of Independence, its framework was built around three simple, profoundly powerful principles: The value of life; the significance of liberty, and the opportunity to pursue happiness.  This straightforward, yet radical proclamation that all people are created equal has served as a source of inspiration for citizens everywhere since the day it was signed. But the sad truth is, our society has strayed so far from the original intent behind this ideal that it’s no wonder we struggle to find common ground from which to build a shared path to a better tomorrow—just follow the Fiscal Cliff fiasco in Washington DC ad you’ll see a vivid example of how we’ve become more divided than united; more interested in satisfying self interest than in serving the greater good.

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The Mess We’re In (Part 2)

      Interestingly, it was not the unprecedented government bailout programs of the era that ended the Great Depression—it was World War II. With the very real threat of our cherished way of life at stake, we once again returned to old form. Selfishness was out and selflessness back in, as people across our society rolled up their sleeves to do anything they could for the cause at hand.

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The Mess We’re In (Part 1)

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
~John F. Kennedy~

     Anyone watching the sad state of affairs unfolding in Washington D.C. as we begin the New Year cannot help but wonder, how did we get here? How is it that those leaders we’ve elected to represent us have become so ineffective at leading that our country is paralyzed in place-- incapable of effectively addressing the current fiscal, political, and societal “Mess We’re In.” The answer:  Abdicated responsibility on a scale we’ve never before seen. 

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Practice Makes Perfect

     A central component of any change process – be it personal or organizational – is the concept of practice. But what is practice and why is it so important?

     Practice is simply the act of doing something, whether that something is as complicated as swinging a golf club or as simple as washing our clothes. We call it practice when the act becomes a repeated behavior. Of course, practice is always happening. It is continuously shaping us and opening us up to new ways of being by calcifying the way we think, act, and feel. There are two central ways to understand practice as it relates to how we grow and change: default practices and intentional practice.

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