Why People Settle For Mediocrity

It seems like I’m in constant conversations with organizational leaders, groups and individuals about settling. By settling, I mean they see a better way, a better plan, a better relationship and a better situation; however they choose to settle for their existing state of mediocrity. If better is within your reach and you choose to settle for less, you are settling for mediocrity.

We all have found ourselves in that awkwardly comfortable position of settling at one time or another on this journey we call life. Mediocrity is self inflicted and so is excellence. If individuals and organizations are left with the ability to chose mediocrity or excellence, good or great… why do more often times than not people chose the former before the later.

Why do people settle for mediocrity? Plain and simple… it’s safe, it’s comfortable, it’s easy and it just feels good. The more you settle for mediocrity, the more it begins to look like genius and excellence.

Change the way you think, change the way you feel, raise the bar and don’t settle for mediocrity.


  • Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, and he is not the best Christian nor the best general who makes the fewest mistakes. Poor mediocrity may secure that, but he is best who wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval of mistakes. Frederick W. Robertson 

  • Thebraceygroup63 – Miss Bracey

    Mediocrity, a place where people often get stuck & don’t know how to get out. Mediocrity, a mindset that can only be changed with mind renewal. In order to move from the place called Mediocrity one MUST think differently, get rid of what hasn’t worked, connect with those who can give sound direction, design an action plan, & put the plan in motion. One of the most important things is to divorce Complacency & hook up with Can Be Uncomfortable At Times.

  • Thebraceygroup63 – Miss Bracey

    Excellence is a place where people who refuse to settle for Mediocrity live. Excellence is where one reaps from all the hard work sown. Excellence is a journey of continuous progression towards the goals of the season in Ur life. Excellence has hooked up & partnered with Perseverance, Determination, Can’t&Won’t Stop Trying, & the Reality of Keeping It Real with Urself.

  • the more it begins to look like genius and excellence.


  • Anonymous

    I’m going for BETTER!  Go Win Scott!!!

  • The moment we begin to settle in the most important roles of our lives is the moment we begin to die a slow death. 

    I’ve actually been in a leadership position where I started to settle. Once I realized it, that was a clear sign that it was time for me to pass the baton to someone who was more passionate about that position and then transition into something that I would be more passionate about. Looking back, it was one of the best moves of my life…I set up the new leader well (he has surpassed me by leaps and bounds in my former position) and I’m now doing something I absolutely love and am excelling at as well.Yeah…let’s never get stuck in the “settle-ment!”

  • Andrea

    I settle. In fact, I think it’s necessary to settle in some places in life because reaching for excellence isn’t important in everything. And there’s the trick. The trick is knowing when it’s important to hold the bar high, allowing only what’s excellent and when to settle for less so you can achieve excellence elsewhere. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t lie, it works wonders in future, believe is the belief behind success.

  • Comfort zones hurt you !

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