How many of the people in your life are willing to go the extra mile to become better? Look in the mirror and seek change? Have integrity at work? See themselves as the problem as opposed to other people causing their problems?
It becomes clear pretty quickly when you frame it up that way. I can walk down the hall at work and know, 20% of my patients will put the effort into getting better. 80% choose to stay weak and sick. Of course they would argue that it wasn't their fault. Really??
I know for me, I could have chosen to stay sick, weak and pitiful. I could have blamed my father, my situation, my genes. Instead I chose to stand up and fight for my life. I've done it more than once over the years. I am finding there is always something to fight for.
Are you willing to accept the status quo? or fight for a greater life? All it takes, really, is the decision to do it. Then take that first step. The first step leads to the next and the next, and the next. Pretty soon, you are there.
I think, thinking too much about something can stop you in your tracks. If you try to figure it all out, wait until you're "ready", life goes by and nothing changes.
Is there something you want to change? What can you do today to start the wheels turning? If you do one thing every day to move toward your goal, you can achieve it.
I don't think the 20% are necessarily the richest, most beautiful people, but that certainly can be a by-product of working toward change. The 20% most likely sleep better at night and are generally happier, just because they are always striving for something better.
When one settles for mediocrity, by definition: undistinguished, commonplace, pedestrian, everyday; run-of-the-mill, it sounds like pretty dismal existence. In my world, there is always hope for better. Feeling better, looking better, doing better.
Working to be better, makes life better in my opinion, simply because it gives me hope. Fantasizing the freedom to believe life can get better.