How to break free from mediocrity and accomplish big

Things that stop you from achieving your goals - What is holding you back from achieving your goals Step into greatness by getting rid of status-quo and mediocrity

In this article you will learn the following

  • -21 Reasons why people give up trying to push through the obstacles and hurdles
  • -43 things stopping you from being incredibly successful
  • -46 restrictive and limiting mental, emotional and physical habits and beliefs - to get rid of
  • -26 Tips to boost your motivation
  • -70+ actions on how to break free from the clutches of mediocrity-trap
  • -8 questions to review and course-correct
  • -18 ways How leaders break free from mediocrity

How to break free from mediocrity and accomplish big

Things that stop you from achieving your goals - What is holding you back from achieving your goals - Step into greatness by getting rid of status-quo and mediocrity - Challenging and breaking status quo

People who excel in their life and create highest of personal standards and benchmarks - do it through determined and focused perseverance and hard work.

This hard work I am talking about is - what phenomenally successful people do - AFTER - they have already put-in impossible amount of consistent hard-work.

People who excel also don't like doing - few things they do- but their burning-desires overcomes their temptations and dislikes in favor of sustainable value-creation [which the average, ordinary and mediocre people also dislike and don't get around doing it].

If you want to create and live a more fulfilling, meaningful and powerful life - you need to accept that it is really YOLO [you only live once] for all of us - so make the best with whatever you have and from wherever you are - starting right now.

Despite all odds - as human being we can do anything that we have committed ourselves to - countless people have proven this all over the world.

Here we are going to focus on - How do you keep going and break the ceiling of mediocrity to step into the world of incredible, remarkable and extra-ordinary - when your mind and emotions are working against you and given-up.

All of us without exception - have days when we want to quit whatever we are doing - to do nothing or just to relax in a resort or on a beach or any way that takes you away from all the pressures and demands of your daily-routines.

If you can create such motivation-triggers - inner emotional-drives and - inspiration-sources - which are connected with your burning passion - of say - building a legacy of high-value - then you would get transformed into the league of greatness.

To prevent giving-up when you should be going on full-throttle when things get tough and scary - we need to build mental-toughness and resilience - through building habit of trying newer method, experimenting, and improvising to improve and excel.

21 Reasons why people give up trying to push through the obstacles and hurdles

  • 1.Our motivation can change in the matter of moments and may fill us with the feelings of despondency - especially if our continuous efforts does not yield the results and outcomes that we are looking for
  • 2.When we are failing in all our attempts
  • 3.When we just don't see any way out -while we are stagnating
  • 4.Our initial bout of motivation comes from the rewards and our expectations - but later - when the sense of the quantum of work required and the time-needed to push-through - sinks-in - our motivation and inspirations dips
  • 5.We get overwhelmed with information overload of mammoth proportions
  • 6.We get bogged down in the details
  • 7.Sometimes the proverbial red-tape may flatten our energy and enthusiasm level
  • 8.The task can turn out into very-very complex and complicated than what we anticipated initially
  • 9.And it may need your longer involvement, bigger-efforts and is more difficult, more time-consuming and tougher
  • 10. And it could also be because - you are of personality type who is good at generating ideas but implementation and taking actions make you feel listless
  • 11. You thought you were clear in the beginning - but - now that you are mid-way into the project - you have become hopelessly confused
  • 12. You have put in all your enthusiasm and energy - but - now unable to get second wind
  • 13. The type of goals you have chosen are such that you can never feel satisfied with - however more you have
  • 14. Or you could be of the type who starts many-many different projects - but leave those unfinished
  • 15. Or you never bargained for so much hard-work - when you took this job or project
  • 16. You might have taken an overwhelmingly large a project and are unable to manage it by yourself
  • 17. And also - if you have a list of few unresolved and incomplete tasks - you will automatically be filled with doubts and lose your inspiration
  • 18. Or you might have conditioned yourself - to give-up at the first signs of your inner-resistance - without realizing what you could have accomplished if you had kept going on
  • 19. You are waiting for the creativity-streak or motivation or break-through to happen through sheer luck or prayers - it may never happen - on the contrary it may take you deeper into negativities making it vicious cycle and even more difficult to break it
  • 20. The goal you have chosen - does not have your complete sub-conscious buy-in as you picked this because of glamour or shiny-element for temporary pleasure or gratifications
  • 21. Your priorities might have undergone complete transformation due some big changes in your life and this goal does not excite you any more


Regular success in itself is never easy for most people.

But if your goal is to be at the top 1% of whatever you are trying to accomplish - then it is very-very tough- if you want to be phenomenally successful avoid these following things.

43 things stopping you from being incredibly successful

  • 1.You have just your Desires and wishes - success doesn't care how much desire you have for success or for how long you have been wishing to be successful
  • 2.The type of social, professional and person people you have in your inner circle - successful people spend time with people who are better than them and avoid and get rid of those - who bring you down and don't add to your success
  • 3.Your interests, hobbies and other pursuits of relaxations - these can never give you great success - unless they are something that you are passionate about and excel in
  • 4.Belief that giving some-time and putting efforts time-to time and doing part-times gigs will translate into huge successes - for big success you need to work your ass off full-time
  • 5.Your quality of planning and strategizing - especially if you jump into action from the word go
  • 6.Your willingness to settle for lower quality and standards - the most successful people refuse to settle for anything but excellence - they never compromise - and that is why they become the greatest
  • 7.Lowering your aspirational levels of success - successful people improve, change and improvise their plans and actions and strategies rather than lowering their dreams
  • 8.Not learning unlearning and relearning on every day basis - learning and self-education about your craft every day is one of the most important characteristics of success
  • 9.Stressing about success without enjoying the process - the entire gamut of it - conceptualizing, planning, implementing, failing, bouncing back and succeeding
  • 10. No having fun - going on as if the load of entire world is on your shoulders
  • 11. Taking actions in ignorance - even when not knowing about it - at least the minimal level - neither trying to educate yourself about what you don't know
  • 12. Procrastination - successful people never postpone the mandatory that day's work for next day - they have this obsession of finishing what they must and getting everything done - to be ready for tomorrow - regardless of how long
  • 13. Quality of your Commitment to Your Dreams -if you are committed to succeeding doing whatever it takes - nothing can stop you from putting in the hours necessary to succeed.
  • 14. Spending more time in doing - rather than consolidating and reflecting and learning - most successful people spend their 90% of time learning, upskilling, updating and upgrading their levels of knowledge, skills, habits and attitudes
  • 15. Lack of purpose - lack of clarity
  • 16. Lack of big goals
  • 17. Lack of courage
  • 18. Fear of change, unknown or of failure
  • 19. Giving unnecessary importance to what people would think
  • 20. Scared of risking your comforts, pleasures and securities - successful people feel comfortable in sticking their neck put and operate and break their comfort-zones
  • 21. Fault finding without taking actions about it to improve - successful people too can see faults and lacunas - but they - instead of complaining about what is wrong with something - find solutions
  • 22. Know what is wrong but not taking initiative to solve - successful people are problem solvers and constant inventor
  • 23. Postponing your happiness and linking it with things being perfect - all of which might not be fully in your control
  • 24. Putting your happiness in the hands of others - believing others will make you happy and that certain people doing certain things
  • 25. Having the totally baseless notions like - that you need to struggle now to enjoy happiness later
  • 26. Believing the biggest lie about happiness - that happiness can be found outside of yourselves and basing it on external and material things and factors
  • 27. Unable to understand that the best things in life are not really things at all - but - memories and what positive actions you have taken [irrespective of the outcomes]
    not having right accountability for our own happiness and success
  • 28. Blaming others for what was in your control and it was your fault
  • 29. Being busy in superficial - forgetting to live your life
  • 30. Unable to identify and feel the blessings that you have
  • 31. Focusing on being perfect and in perfectionism
  • 32. Feeling inadequate - successful people take actions with belief in abundance
  • 33. Not taking actions - what is within your area of control and your influence
  • 34. Focusing on the end result only - and forgetting to take the right actions
  • 35. Looking for instant gratifications - successful people forgo short-term gains for long-term sustainable transformations
  • 36. Going for huge changes and too many changes - all at once
  • 37. Taking big steps - much beyond your capability - and then failing and giving-up blaming your luck
  • 38. Inventing excuses for not doing things - like - I am not ready or it is not the right time or I am not good enough or I lack enough money, time and experience or that people with more resources, support and talents have not succeeded in this - so what chance I have getting distracted by impulsive and short-pleasure temptations
  • 39. Engaging yourself into time-wasting, activities
  • 40. Comparing with others on unequal grounds
  • 41. Feeling that your life is unfair
  • 42. Lack of consistency - successful people take actions - irrespective of whatever has distracted them
  • 43. Getting demotivated - when you can't see the progress - in many large projects and goals - you may not see any progress for days, months or even years - but then law of compounding works magnificently - if you follow the law of abiding by all above points
  • 44. Having various unfounded and un-resourceful prejudices and biases - say about gender, religion, culture, language or any such detrimental beliefs


46 restrictive and limiting mental, emotional and physical habits and beliefs - to get rid of

  • 1.Focusing your energies, time and efforts in seeking approval, validation and confirmation from others on what you want to do
  • 2.Finding scape-goat to shift the blame - when things go wrong
  • 3.Not paying attention to self-care and neglecting your health.
  • 4.Inaction and indecision
  • 5.Trying to feel better by pulling others down
  • 6.Doing things just to satisfy your urges
  • 7.Wanting to control others
  • 8.To feel that you know it all and know everything
  • 9.Poor listener
  • 10. Not learning from - people because of your bias
  • 11. Getting into arguments - just to prove yourself right and others wrong
  • 12. Not managing finances diligently
  • 13. Not nurturing relationships
  • 14. Not challenging yourself - your assumptions - your ideas - your perceptions and your choices
  • 15. Not asking questions to clarify and understand - even if you don't know the answer
  • 16. Not working on your insecurities - let your ego control your live and behaviors
  • 17. Not accepting your mistakes
  • 18. Not apologizing when done something wrong
  • 19. Living in the past - past-mistakes, past-guilt, past-shames and past-hurts
  • 20. Wrong or unclear priorities
  • 21. Fear of success
  • 22. Not learning from your mistakes
  • 23. Not being a creator - only consuming what others have created
  • 24. Not using the right tools
  • 25. Always rushing and not taking time to consolidate and build on
  • 26. Getting overwhelmed with too many goals and too much responsibilities
  • 27. Not having the right training
  • 28. Are close to new ideas and perspectives
  • 29. Asking wrong questions of yourself
  • 30. Not assessing your mistakes for lessons and course-corrections
  • 31. Expecting instant results and gratifications
  • 32. Unrealistic standards of perfection
  • 33. The belief in the magic pill - overnight success - live happily ever after
  • 34. Your fear of missing out
  • 35. Need to please and satisfy everyone
  • 36. Multitasking
  • 37. Disorganized and full of clutter mentally as well as how you work
  • 38. Low energy levels because of bad and sedentary life-style
  • 39. Having beliefs - that you can't change your personality or that intelligence and creativity is from the birth - destiny is predefined and that you can't learn many things and become expert in- etc.
  • 40. Short-term mindset - no long-term vision
  • 41. Unhealthy lifestyles clubbed with overworking
  • 42. Don't have a burning desire.
  • 43. Don't have role-models, mentors and future-maps
  • 44. Wrong strategy
  • 45. You visualize achieving your goal - but you don't work on creating solutions on how to deal with challenges and setbacks
  • 46. You don't seek feedback, suggestions and help from people who are much better than you
  • 47. Being a poor judge of people
  • 48. Copying and doing what others are doing - not finding what makes you come alive
  • 49. Poor networking

26 Tips to boost your motivation

  • 1.Motivation happens from three broad reasons
  • I.Having large-inspiring personal-goals
  • II.Your taking actions towards them on consistence basis
  • III.And keeping yourself on track even if you get derailed time to time
  • 2.Taking that first step - starting a major project
  • 3.Taking small steps - to create the momentum and we keep on pushing this through our will-power and discipline till we create such velocity that keeps propelling our movement towards our goal
  • 4.Make a list of goals - visualize how you will feel when you achieve each of them
  • 5.Identify all your compelling and inspirational whys
  • 6.Choose meaningful goals and find the value and benefits in what you are doing or planning to do
  • 7.Create a schedule and force yourself to stick with it
  • 8.Start small and focus on highest of high-pay0ff and most imperative tasks
  • 9.Monitor, track and record your progress
  • 10. Improvise when something not working
  • 11. Pivot when you find - the goals you have taken are either unrealistic or not worthwhile or have less value-addition
  • 12. Focus on one important goal at a time - give your 100% on that to create your own benchmark of excellence
  • 13. Take care of yourself - exercise, walk and work-out every day - as part of your daily ritual - this not only creates chemicals that boosts enthusiasm, energy, positivity and hope but also makes you highly creative
  • 14. Enroll mentors - all highly successful people know - to create something big - mentors role is unquestionable - have more than one mentor - choose people who inspire awe in you
  • 15. Create your supportive network - choose from among your well-wishers and trusted colleagues, friends, and family-member
  • 16. Have someone who is an expert but cynical - as your sounding board - to test and verify and course-correction
  • 17. Create a comparing model -where you compare your today with your yesterday - on habits, beliefs, attitudes, skills and other competencies that you have improved upon since then
  • 18. Stop comparing yourself anyone
  • 19. Have list of role-models - to get inspiration from - if possible get connected with them
  • 20. When stuck - force yourself to stay with your challenges and problems longer while seeking external as well as your own perspective and different angles plus alternatives
  • 21. Keep track of your efforts and reward yourself -when you for reach each critical milestones
  • 22. Take breaks to do things you enjoy, listen to inspiring music, and remind yourself of how far you've come.
  • 23. Surround yourself with positive, smart and success-oriented and achievement-focused people whenever you fail - take the lesson and come back on track
  • 24. Know the difference - when to push-on with all that you have and when it is absolutely right to stop or give to prevent you become miserable
  • 25. In many instances - it is definitely not easy to discern - whether we need to push longer and harder or change track - for this revisit your goals - review your purpose - the importance of this goal and what can you change if it is those what has to be done
  • 26. Be diligent and flexible with your routine - if feel stuck - go do something else and then come back when mentally, physically and emotionally you are in more resourceful state


70+ actions on how to break free from the clutches of mediocrity-trap

  • 1.Identify your purpose - then divide your time in this ratio - 60% of time be involved in doing activities which take you forward and toward your big-picture - 30% of time in learning and reinventing yourself and 10% in having pleasure and fun
  • 2.Break down your goals - Divide your goals into small steps - to make them stretch and challenging yet thrilling as you see yourself accomplishing them step by step
  • 3.Create a timeline for your goal - schedule your goals focusing on your next step - review your progress
  • 4.Massive goals are achieved by small-small - daily steps rather than large actions
  • 5.See great things - your expectations shape your vision - expect exciting and positive opportunities
  • 6.Stop caring what other people think - especially about your big goals
  • 7.Stop doing things which are not necessary - ask yourself at every moment - is this really important and is this the best use of time right now
  • 8.Do things as per your highest of high pay-off activities
  • 9.Focus on your big-picture - ignore the thoughts of envy and jealousy
  • 10. Focus on yourself and do one thing each day that makes you a better person in every area of your life - than yesterday
  • 11. Focus on your work, your family and to be the best role model you can be
  • 12. Be excellent in everything you do - never compromise with quality
  • 13. Ensure that only that information you allow to get in - which makes you feel good and positive - prevent your mind getting filled with rubbish and negatives - because if you pay attention to the news-channel headlines you would feel as if there is no hope
  • 14. Do what is right - focus on what makes you better
  • 15. Be respectable - not popular - stop bothering about what others think about you
  • 16. Ditch your false-self-image and stop nurturing your ego
  • 17. Stop judging yourself and others
  • 18. Stop assuming when somebody has an opposing view that they are wrong
  • 19. Stop taking things personally when others question your beliefs, opinion, views and suggestions as a personal attack - use this as an opportunity to learn and expand your mind and to readjust and recalibrate your perceptions and beliefs to make them powerfully positive
  • 20. Seek help - stop trying to do it all alone
  • 21. Focus on actions that you can take today - stop worrying about future now to avoid ruining your today
  • 22. When feeling unnerved by the unknown, the uncertain and the arduous tasks - just take the decision and take actions and experiment with trying out new ways and things
  • 23. Force yourself to take the first step - when struggling with the indecision
  • 24. Do the most important first
  • 25. Learn and practice relaxing - as calm minds will give you clear thoughts and you will be able to make better decisions
  • 26. Take ownership of your present and future and for all your actions, decisions, inactions and their consequences
  • 27. Start fighting for what you want - even if nobody believes in what you are doing - you have to do what it takes to make it happen - don't be afraid of pursuing your goals
  • 28. Start engaging with people you admire
  • 29. Practice and Build admirable disciplined life
  • 30. Self-evaluate and challenge yourself - ask great, tough and difficult questions of yourself and answer them honestly
  • 31. Have courage to see yourself as you truly are and accept yourself fully and completely
  • 32. Mediocrity and complacency are blood-relatives - the best antidote is take actions which pushes you forward
  • 33. Start thinking like people you find doing amazing things
  • 34. Forget the word "no" - say "yes" more - in the areas where you need to stretch yourself and if you do you will have great enhancement of abilities
  • 35. Go for the thrills of new adventures - under expert guidance and supervision if what you want to do is physically challenging
  • 36. Experience everything life has to offer - become great observer
  • 37. Fine-tuning all your soft-skills which are also life-skills like - negotiating skills, problem-solving skills, decision-making skills and creativity etc.
  • 38. Stop Chasing the glamour and superficial things - instead focus on meaningful sustainable goals
  • 39. Take a step back and listen your heart
  • 40. Understand that It feels comfortable to stay mediocre - because it feels easier and safer because seemingly you are not risking much - that is single biggest reason to beat mediocrity
  • 41. All progress comes from those who do not take the accepted view - stop conforming - start creating new territories
  • 42. Never settle for anything less than you know yourself to be
  • 43. Stop chasing what everyone else is doing - if everyone is running after it - stop -change your course, direction and focus
  • 44. Do the opposite of what the majority is doing
  • 45. To break the status-quo -do those things that most people wouldn't think to give a second thought of doing or doing it any other different ways
  • 46. Start doing the following - which very few people do
  • 47. Read-books, work on side-gigs, doing regular-exercise, learning-constantly, focusing on being the best, trying to be unique, living the life on their terms
  • 48. Do what feels uncomfortable - because no one's doing these things
  • 49. Relish the thought of standing apart from the rest and ultimately change the course of your path and maybe influence others - but choosing to live a life standing out, not fitting in will come with resistance
  • 50. Never let people who don't have your exposure and are average change your focus
  • 51. To live an extraordinary life - do the things other people won't - take the path of the unknown - you create the map yourself- who knows where you'll end up - take that path, and people will wonder how you did it for years to come
  • 52. To have an open heart -you need to inspire and encourage others to take a chance.
  • 53. To have an open will - you must be willing to risk and take bold steps.
  • 54. To have an open mind - you need to constantly be learning and growing.
  • 55. Test the unproven - dive deep in the unspoken and challenge the unchallenged.
  • 56. To move from mediocrity to greatness - we must venture out.
  • 57. To build something substantial - we must take a strong stand.
  • 58. To create something meaningful - we must create significance.
  • 59. Nothing great is ever achieved by doing things the way they have always been done.
  • 60. Take one fearless choice at a time - one brave decision at a time - one courageous action at a time.
  • 61. Test your skills and do better - we have the choice to make things better
  • 62. 8 questions to review and course-correct
  • I.What have You learned from your actions and failures - if not clear then keep asking till you get an answer that gives aha
  • II.What You did not expect - this is important to understand the way unexpected happens and its pattern for future-proofing or future-planning
  • III.What went right - this is to find if this process can used in future and what to improve on this
  • IV.What went wrong - most important to analyze for improvisation and course-correction
  • V.What did you miss which is important - sometimes we get success because of fluke - this is to identify and tighten our belt
  • VI.What would You do differently - more of - less off - not do at all - do in different ways
  • VII.What could You have done better - this is the creative and innovative areas for future action and strategic-planning
  • VIII.Did you succeed through sheer fluke - identify all that you need to do to have a process which will make you succeed naturally
  • 63. Don't challenge for challenge's sake - learn from the experience
  • 64. Take calculated and well-thought of risks - as without taking risks - you won't discover your true self neither can you learn much in your comfort zone
  • 65. 18 ways How leaders break free from mediocrity
  • I.They understand that Success doesn't happen right away - in most cases big-success happens much-much later
  • II.They know that During action phase - there would be an initial rise in results and then it may dips down - when they push through their resilience to come back into the game
  • III.They also understand that - few of the toughest tasks - they would need to complete through grit, determination and will-power
  • IV.They Don't let a little bit of success initially to go to your head
  • V.They understand Success basics takes time and consistent practice to become your natural habit
  • VI.They Understand that - in this world there are many people who are in worse situation than them - but are getting much better results
  • VII.They Understand that excuses are the subconscious way of justifying mediocrity
  • VIII.They know when something is not working - then they change direction and do the needed course-correction immediately
  • IX.They Constantly improvise to improve
  • X.They always Fight-back for what they want to have
  • XI.They understand perfectly that when they Surrender to mediocrity - shitty outcomes happens
  • XII.They practice thinking different - to Break free from herd mentality
  • XIII.They are flexible and don't fight the change
  • XIV.They challenge themselves to Eradicate the fixed mindset
  • XV.They willfully practice tenacity
  • XVI.They avoid or Remove toxic people from their life
  • XVII.They understand that the time to take action is right now
  • XVIII.They get inspirations from taking actions and from reaching small milestones which are next steps towards their goals

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