Don’t Settle

Lately, I’ve been struggling with a phrase that has been coming up a lot in my conversations:

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I find this response from people one of the most frustrating phrases ever used.

To me, it is a very sad excuse for a person.

It indicates there is a lack of desire to reach standards and goals.

It distracts a person or organization from reaching their full potential.

Its an answer you get when you get in trouble but see others getting away with the same thing.

Its a response that you give when you’re too tired to continue on.

Its an excuse that allows mediocrity and complacency to run havoc in our lives and society.

Its a phrase that disappoints me when I hear it.

It is a comment that makes me sad because it shows that the person is willing to settle.

Its a challenge to me to help someone or a group set and achieve their own standards regardless of external surroundings.

Its something that I hope the people in my life can overcome and conquer beyond!

I hope I never find myself saying this phrase. I’d like to think that I have expectations and standards of my own to abide by and that I don’t settle for others standards and expectations or compare mine to theirs. I’d like to believe that I am my own person and therefore should base my actions upon my beliefs, values and abilities. I’d like to think that those in my life know their worth and ability and wouldn’t settle either or that they know I’m here to help them get beyond those low points or walls in the journey and rise and conquer their challenges to reach their goals and expectations.

Just what’s been on my mind lately. 🙂

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

One thought on “Don’t Settle

  1. I’ve heard students use variations of this phrase in an attempt to expedite the journey to reach the end. As an advisor, I feel a responsibility to respond to these comments by facilitating discussions on integrity and why the journey is sometimes more important than the end goal. It can be a difficult conversation to have, especially developmentally since I work with first- and second-year students, but for me it is worth pushing through that awkwardness : ) Thanks for sharing, Brian!

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