10 Keys to Breaking the Habit of Average

by Neil Kennedy

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. -Philippians 3:12

10 Keys to Breaking the Habit of Average

1. Champions do daily what the average do occasionally.

  • A lot of people expect an excellent life with eighty-percent effort.
  • Inertia comes in the last effort.
  • You will never break the grip of mediocrity with a half-hearted effort.

2. Champions do not believe in luck.

  • Don’t bet your life on luck and don’t put your faith in fate.
  • Champions believe in practice.
  • You may well be gifted but your gift must be exercised to be strengthened.
  • You must sharpen your skill set. Ecclesiastes 10:10

3. You will never become the best that you can be without facing the violent opposition of mediocrity.

  • Those who have chosen to settle often come into contention with those who want to break out of the norm.
  • Mediocrity is the best of the worst and the worst of the best.

4. Don’t be surprised by the claws of compromise that will grasp at you to keep you from taking one step beyond being average.

  • The opposite of courage isn’t fear, it’s compromise.
  • Write a statement affirming your desire toward excellence, place it on the mirror so that you remind yourself in the morning to be encouraged.

5. Every level is the test of potential.

  • The moment that you show faithfulness, you double your potential. Jesus taught an amazing principle regarding a man who entrusted his money to three managers. Two of the three doubled his money, proving their faithfulness to their present ability. The third manager despised his boss, considering that he was harsh and demanding. The unfaithful manager was fired and lost the ability that he once had mastered. (Matthew 25)
  • If you’ve not been faithful to another man’s property, who will entrust you with your own?

6. Those who no longer dream, often despise those who still dare to dream.

  • I’ve noticed that many people have given up on their dreams. Rather than cheering on others, they often do everything that they can to discourage dreamers.
  • If you’re going to push beyond mediocrity and achieve the dream, you may have to limit the access of those who mock your efforts.

7. Excellence never says, “Good enough.”

  • No one stands up to applaud mediocrity.
  • You are more than what you’ve been, not nearly what you’ll be.

8. Average people make their decisions according to the present, not the future.

  • Denial of a craving is the sign of maturity and mastery of self.
  • Live like no one else, so one day you can live like no one else.
  • Champions deny the appetite of the present in order to protect their purpose.

9. In the pursuit of your dream, do not allow a stop-over to become a settlement.

  • Take the next step.
  • God leads us in steps, not in leaps.
  • The only one to suggest taking a leap of faith was Satan.

10. A real person of faith believes for something that may require longer than his own lifetime to achieve.

  • Hebrews 11:13-16


  1. Thomas Strauss 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! I’ve always believed that you can’t achieve excellence while making decisions that don’t take the future, and specifically your goals, into account. Living for today only will keep you in today and not move you toward your dreams. Tasks are often today-oriented, but planning must always be future-oriented.

  2. Charles 7 years ago

    Great list, so many try to rush through out lives without taking into account the real path we are called to journey. There are no shortcuts, it is hard work, but the more we press in, the more He will return.

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