Remarkable or Mediocre? The choice is yours……

27 September 2017 Life Coach

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary” – Elon Musk

Do you remember the movie “Groundhog Day”? It’s the story of Phil Connor who wakes up the same morning every day, and relives the same day. He can makes changes based on what he learns as he goes along, but the next morning it’s the same day, with the same interactions, with the same people, in the same places. Can you imagine being in a frustrating position like that?

So that’s just a movie. Or is it? Over my working career I did well, but invariably I used to come to a point in a particular job where I would be wondering what this was all about. It’s the same stuff every day, with the same people, doing similar things, week in, week out, year in, year out. What is the significance in any particular day? Don’t get me wrong, these weren’t gloomy or depressive thoughts – these were thoughts rooted in the idea that I had more to do, more to give, and more to accomplish.

If we think of our own lives, Friday evening after another week, standing around the braai, what difference have we made? That is a deeply personal question, because everybody is geared towards a different “mission”, be it making a difference in their family, to making a difference in a community, nation, or global issue.

Or was it just another “Groundhog week”?

Many years ago, I watched a speech given before a huge audience by a young girl – I don’t remember her name, or the occasion, but she ended her speech with a phrase that has stuck with me: “I would like to be somebody remarkable.”

I find it extremely frustrating how we just accept the mediocre. Yes we can always look to politics, economy, etc., but I’m talking about accepting mediocre within ourselves. And I’m speaking as much to me as to anyone else. And this is what I mean: the word “remarkable” means to stand out – somebody does something that people will take note of, and will “remark” on. It’s easy to relate this to sports-people, artists, etc., but think of the people in your circle that stand out, because they do something different. What about that person who is always kind and friendly, or someone who is always a voice for people who don’t have a voice, or someone who refuses to take part in office politics, and so on. For me, these are remarkable people.

What would you need to do to be “somebody remarkable’? We’ll talk more about this over the next few weeks.


PS: Just for fun, here’s a great line from the movie. Phil asks the guest house owner “Do you ever have dejavu?” She answers “I don’t think so, but I can check with the kitchen.”

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