Rising above average to the peak

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By Goke Ilesanmi

topTo rise above the majority, you must develop qualities and discipline that the average person lacks. You need to take the lid off yourself and capture momentum for your life by breaking through barriers and reaching new heights. The entire creation possesses the principle of potential and you have the ability to accomplish your God-given purpose, but the release of your potential is up to you.



To achieve success in life, you must have a goal or be visionary. A goal is a dream with a deadline. If you want to rekindle your dreams of significance and success or you are at the end of your rope or you are ready to say “No” to procrastination, then you need to begin aspiring right now for the very top and spring past your average limit. According to Brian Tracy, a renowned author, if you are ready to go beyond your average limit, your life will definitely witness a dramatic change forever. 



Mediocrity is the opposite of excellence. “Geographically”, it is a region bounded on the north by procrastination, on the south by lack of vision, on the east by negative past thought, and on the west by weak-mindedness. People have been endowed with a certain mixture of abilities and opportunities that make them unique and no mixture is extremely special.

 John Mason, an author and president of Insight International, an organisation dedicated to helping people reach their dreams and fulfil their destiny, says you need not to settle for an average life especially that God wants to launch you past the middle to the top. There is something that God has placed within everybody that causes him or her to strive to be above average, especially if he or she is willing to take meaningful and calculated action.



To rise above average and motivate yourself to the highest rung of the achievement ladder, you must have strong belief. According to George Shinn, a motivational writer, “Belief is an attitude, a point of view, the way you think about something. You form attitudes through knowledge and experiences. You can change your attitude if you motivate yourself to do so.” Irrespective of whom you are, your education or location in life, your attitude can be totally positive if you believe in yourself.

Peter Hirsch, author of Success by Design corroborates this assertion by submitting that when we believe in something, what we really believe is that a thing is possible. Impossibility might therefore be defined as “the absence of positive belief”. The more certain you feel a thing is possible for you, the stronger will be your belief. Your belief is your destiny and once you are committed, success will surely come your way.


Innovative ideas

Another thing you need to do to reach the peak is to have ideas and prepare. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there is no any limit to your ability to succeed. Dr. Walter Doyle Staples, author of Power to Win says all accomplishment, whether big or small, begins with an idea. Little wonder that Harvey Firestone, an industrialist says capital is not so important in business but ideas. Although ideas in general are not in short supply, creative and innovative ideas are, and so are people who can turn them into reality.


Embracing failure

No matter what happens in the course of your journey towards success, never label yourself a failure. One of the greatest problems people have with failure is that they are too quick to judge isolated situations in their lives and label them as failures. But you need to keep the bigger picture in mind. You must be careful with those memories of the past as they are capable of impeding your acceleration to success.  



Self-motivation is another tonic necessary for getting to the top. There are two parts to self-motivation or internal motivation, that is, mental and physical. In the mental stage, you conceive in your mind where you want to go or be; while in the physical state, you take action to get to where you aspire to be. The purpose of motivation is to get action, not just a random action but specific actions, and the willingness to act on your ideas is as important as the ideas themselves. If you want to be successful in life, you need to be a self-starter; give your success aspiration all you have; and dare yourself to act now.


Great self-challenge

To get to the top in life, you need to really challenge yourself. According to Mason, if you want to see if you can really swim, do not frustrate yourself with shallow water. Most people could do more than they think they can, but they usually do less than they think they can. You never know what you cannot do until you try. Everything is possible. So,  never use the word “Never”.


Best people

To rise above your limits in life, you need to surround yourself with the best people. When you surround yourself with the right kind of people, you enter into the God-given power of agreement. By assessment of the average people, average is always considered excellent. You should not measure your success by what others have and have not, and today is the day to get through what you have been going through. If you think you are doing better than the average person, then you are an average person yourself.


Final note

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity but you should not subscribe to it. Opportunities hide behind obstacles and it is not what you have but what you do with what you have that can guarantee your success and take you to greatest heights. Decide today to go beyond your average limit and rise to the greatest heights of success.

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 GOKE ILESANMI, Managing Consultant/CEO of Gokmar Communication Consulting, is an International Platinum Columnist, Certified Public Speaker/MC, Communication Specialist, Motivational Speaker and Career Management Coach. He is also a Book Reviewer, Biographer and Editorial Consultant.

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