In his book EntreLeadership, Dave Ramsey mentioned a phrase I hadn’t heard before: “normalize mediocrity.” As you might expect, he was saying that you should NOT normalize mediocrity.

Why would anyone want to normalize mediocrity? Mediocrity holds us all back from excellence. Mediocrity hinders improvement. Mediocrity makes life downright boring!

Just when I was contemplating this concept, I was slapped in the face by a perfect example.

Demias Jimerson, an 11 year-old football star from Malvern, Arkansas used to score a touchdown almost every time he touched the ball. I say “used to” because Demias can’t score at will anymore. It’s not because he is injured, or that other teams have discovered how to defend against him. It’s because he has been banned from scoring more than two touchdowns per game if his team is winning.

Why? “To provide his competitors with a chance to develop as players too.”

Could this same philosophy explain why some Little League baseball teams don’t even keep score anymore? Are we afraid someone’s feelings will get hurt?

There have been times in my life when getting beat was the best thing that could have happened for my development. Losing caused me to want to learn more, prepare more, and apply more… so I could win more!

Are there any areas in your life where you are accepting mediocrity? Have you ever lowered your standards or changed a goal just so you wouldn’t have to stretch?

I say raise your standards, bump up your goal… and never, NEVER allow mediocrity to be normalized!