I get the feeling there are a lot more lazy people in the world than mediocre people. At least, I hope so. I'd like to think that most people, in their private lives, are remarkable.
Why are so many people, then, unremarkable in their public lives?
We interact with a lot of people most days, either at businesses we patronize or at our places of business, where we work with other people and see (hopefully) lots of customers.
Many of them do just enough to get by at their jobs, and complain a lot as customers, either about little things or about their jobs or families or whatever.
It generally comes down to people saying or acting out, "I didn't sign up for this shit, and if I did, it's only because I need to eat."
You know what? That describes a lot of us.
There's this pearl of wisdom out there that says, "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
That's only true if you allow it to make you stronger. If you make a conscious effort to grow from it, to learn the lesson the thing that doesn't kill you is trying to teach you.
Here's what the true story is. You're stuck with whatever you're stuck with it. You can opt out and push through the consequences (maybe it's quitting your job, selling a bunch of crap you don't need, and going out in search of your true calling), or you can be awesome with what you have while you have it.
All it takes is for you to flip a switch internally and decide to be amazing at it.
Do you dislike your job? You probably have three options (that don't involve quitting):
(1) Be lazy until they decide to fire you (by the way, someone else worked really hard to make the money they're paying out to you, so think about that when you consider this road).
(2) Do just enough to not get fired. Which will make you more miserable because you're going to stay stuck in that same lousy job, probably without anything more than minimal raises.
(3) Rock it. Just make up your mind to be amazing at this job while you have it, and either someone else is going to hire you because they see you're awesome, or you'll get promoted into a position you like better.
If your cat repeatedly can't make it to the litter box, clean up that poop and love your cat like it's the best thing that ever happened to you.
If your stupid sister drags you to the gym at 5:00 every morning because she has to be at work at 7 even though you don't have to be at work until 10, make her catch up to you in the workouts.
You want to know what else? If you make up your mind to do amazing at the thing you dislike the most, your level of awesome will only increase in the things you enjoy.
If your resolve nothing else for 2012, do that. Go. Be amazing.