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Four Ways to Absolutely Overcome the Drift of Mediocrity

Great songs have great lyrics that paint the tapestry of life in vivid color. You know what I mean.

The lyrics, along with the music, bring the picture to life in our minds eye. The picture can be so compelling we are transported to another place and in some cases another time.

I’m reminded of the lyrics of a very old country song. One of the great groups in country music performed their greatest works over 60 years ago. But, as great groups with great songs will do, they remain timeless in the stories they tell through their songs.

The group to which I refer is Sons of the Pioneers and their song that comes to my mind is Tumbling Tumbleweeds. Here’s a link to Youtube and their performance of this song.

Okay, now that you’ve, hopefully, enjoyed the entertainment, what’s my point?

Well, the essence of the message in the lyrics of that song has a romantic suggestion that just drifting along in life results in good things.

I don’t believe you can be…”drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.” That’s if you are truly going to maximize your potential in today’s world. It might have worked nicely in the past for a cowboy out on the range but it is probably a recipe for disaster now.

You must have a vision of what’s over the horizon rather than just riding along waiting for it to happen. You must know exactly what you are going to do when whatever is over the next horizon comes into focus. In short, you can’t let the tumbleweeds lead you there!

Drifting along in today’s world means you won’t be able to truly get along! Maybe that’s sad but it’s probably true.  Taking that approach to your life will surely lead to mediocrity!

So, you think you don’t want to just tumble along through your life! I admire your attitude and would like to offer some insight that may be of help to you.

Many times people struggle with what it takes to avoid mediocre results. I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what IT is…to achieve at the level of great rather than mediocre it always takes four things.

Accomplish those four things and you achieve greatness. Ready to get started?


First, you must have a dream. Or, should I say, a compelling dream. It’s got to be a dream with some drive behind it. You can’t wish your way to a dream.

You must “do” your way to a dream. If you’re going to do all it takes to reach your dream, you are required to have an emotional attachment to it that drives you.

That’s step one to avoiding “tumbling along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.” Have a dream.


Next, you have to believe you can achieve your dream. If you don’t believe it, you can’t achieve it. So, you must believe deep in your core that if you work hard enough and long enough you will reach your dream.

This is another reason the emotional attachment to your dream is so important. Your belief will be tested, and it will be the power of your emotions that drives you through the test successfully.


But, you just can’t start off toward your dream without a plan. As Yogi Berra was reputed to have said: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you may end up somewhere else.”

The key to channeling your emotional attachment to your dream so you don’t “end up somewhere else” is a well thought out plan that gives you a road map to your dream.


Finally, however, the best road map in the world is of little use if you don’t follow it. In other words, the ultimate point of the four points to avoiding mediocre results in your life is you must act.

If you don’t act, your dream will continue to drift in the foggy mist of someday.  Dreams are not about someday. They are about you taking action today.

Go “four” it!


What is the first thing you will do to stop “tumbling along” in your life and put better direction to it?

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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