A mantra I live by in business is, ‘tolerance is the enemy of excellence.’
Essentially, you get what you tolerate.
In life, nothing changes until we reach a threshold whereby we make a decision to no longer tolerate something that isn’t right.
Think about it, if your job, your finances, your relationship, your health etc. isn’t where you want it to be, then unless you are right now doing something major to change it, you are tolerating the undesirable state. And you are getting what you tolerate.
Now, don’t get me wrong, tolerance is necessary in many situations. There are things in anyone’s life that aren’t ideal, that’s just a reality. But, if something isn’t a major priority, then you might choose to tolerate that in order to fight the battles that truly matter. For example, you might tolerate a long commute to work because you love the job. Even though you don’t like the drive, you love what you do so that makes the drive worth it.
The problem, however, comes when tolerance becomes a way of living, when you start to tolerate everything that isn’t ideal. That tolerance, that state of consistently putting up with things you don’t like, eats away at who you are and what you stand for. That erodes your self-worth, so you tolerate even more that isn’t ideal and it becomes a downward spiral.
If we tolerate mediocrity we are in danger of dying a death by a thousand cuts.
We need to focus on the little things, because it’s not one thing that undermines us, it’s the sum total of many things.
A while ago I encouraged my daughter Zara not to listen to a friend who wanted her to do something that she didn’t feel good about.
When we focus on a past that we don’t like, we are living in a state where we are hoping an imaginary future will heal a non-existent past.
Recently I was in a situation that wasn’t what I wanted, but there wasn’t anything I could do to change it.
Is it to never stop believing?
If you fill up every area of your life with little regard for the quality of what you’re filling it with, there’s not much room left.
“Fortune favours the bold.”
“Look before you leap.”
So, which one is it???
We all make them.
The thought of hard decisions is often worse than the consequences.
Some people bring magic into your life.
I’m in my office at the moment. This morning I’ve planned next week, had multiple meetings and worked on some strategic moves for my business.