Here are 3 key reasons:
1. Doing just enough
We actually learned this one back in school. We figured out exactly what we had to do to get an A. We even figured out what to do for extra credit. And then we set out to do just that.
When we apply that to life, we tend to do "just enough" for just about everything.
When your long term vision is 24 hours, your life is all about very limited decisions dealing only with the present moment. Thinking only about today affects whether we save or spend, eat a healthy meal or junk food, read a book or watch three straight hours of television. You set very limited goals, or no goals at all.
3. Scarcity mentality
A person with a scarcity mentality believes there's a limited amount of what life has to offer. There's only so much to go around. Might as well cling to what you have and not expect any more. No use trying harder or thinking more creatively, because it just doesn't matter.
When you combine all three, you have a potent recipe that all but guarantees not failure, but mediocrity.
Of course, each one of these can be corrected and turned into factors that help you succeed. How? By doing just a little bit more, by learning to see your life weeks, months and even years from now and by having an abundance mentality that believes you can have and do more than today.
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