The Average Human Experience vs. Better Human Experience
Your life experience is from birth to death. What you do and how you live in between birth and death can be known as average, or it can be known as better than average. Sometimes worse than average. A better human life experience comes directly from the choice to determine a better than average outcome.
The average human lives a life experience dictated by the events, people, and social pressures that they are surrounded with. They let life lead them instead of leading life themselves. In the average human experience, there is more of a concern about what one is supposed to do than what will produce better results.
But a better life experience means you are succeeding in fending off the average and less than average propensities. It means you are leading a quality life that has noticeable value. A better life experience is characterized by these 6 things:
1. You Write Your Own Story
Life is a malleable experience. You get to shape and direct it. That doesn’t mean every plan you make is going to come to fruition in all the glory that you intended. But it does mean that whatever happens, you get to decide how it affects you. The average human mind that’s stuck in the average human experience says, “This happened, so I have to do this.” But those who live out a better human experience say, “I will do this in the hopes that this will happen.” The average one responds. The better one initiates.
The former is living a life based off of things happening to them. The latter is living a life based off of making things happen.
2. You Actually Love Life
We often hear about and know of, and perhaps even are, people who don’t really possess a love of life. For whatever reason we take what life has dealt us and let it drown our drive and destroy our fervor to live expansively.
Despite what you might think, the extent to which one loves one’s own life has nothing to do with position, circumstance, or fate. It involves self-awareness, contentedness, self-motivation, and self-esteem. The effects may not be measurable, but the value is extreme. Devotion to attaining one’s own style of living, method of doing, and level of dreaming results in personal success over typical social practices. The idea is not to slander another for being different, rather to live to the fullest your heart desires.
3. You Have a Chance for Better
“The ultimate victory… is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” – Howard Cosell
When we focus on being better, we increase our capacity to lead a better life.
Better is perpetually redefinable. That means you can never achieve a state of “better”. And no matter how hard you try, better is always one step ahead of you. But living for a better human experience opens up the opportunity for an increasingly better you and a better life. Focusing on being better, makes you better. And even though you will never “arrive”, you will go further and live better than you ever thought possible.
4. You’re Not Bored
Sometimes you have very little motivation. You notice that people and activities drain you more than they normally would or should. Life seems tasteless and categorically un-exciting. It also becomes pretty boring because you forget the purpose of it. You are essentially existing in this world rather than living and loving in it.
This phenomenon encourages us to adopt the average human experience. That is, the lack of that which makes things better than they were before. It is coasting through life, not growing in it.
But interest arises once again when we seek out better things. Everyone gets in a funk every once in a while. Change is the remedy. Change toward a better human experience. And a better human experience is never associated with ennui. You don’t have time for it.
5. You Stand Out and Can Make a Difference
When you are living better than your average, your lifestyle distinguishes you more. People have a natural affinity toward those who are doing well for themselves. And when you are seeking a better human experience, it is apparent.
So do what makes you happy as you take on this improved status, knowing it renders you more effective in it. You will make more friends, do greater things, and see more success when you stand out. As a result, you will begin to make more of a difference.
6. You Have Limitless Potential
“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” -Steve Young
Average is limiting. There is a cap to average and it’s not high. But because better is redefinable, there is no limit to enhancing your human experience. Better is limitless. When you live for better and are becoming better, you’re also limitless. To be your best you must always want to be better. And by adopting the idea of a better human experience you will never stop growing your potential.
All That To Say…
The average human experience yields dormant potential, little progress, and makes little difference. But a better than average human experience yields limitless potential, leaps of progress, and can produce a magnitude of difference. Seek to live out your best human experience.