I know with 100% certainty you answered at least one of the above questions with a resounding "yes."
It's OK. We have all fallen victim to the Force of Average.
Any time you achieve greatness in your life, the Force of Average is right there with its weapon in hand, attempting to knock you back down to where you came from.
That's the Force of Average's one and only job -- to balance out your highs with lows.
My life is a dark example of this.
My family was rich until I was 5 years old and then the economy crashed and everything went to hell.
I was adopted at age 7, got good grades in school, and then I got on ADD meds and ended up dropping out of school when I was 15.
From the time I was 13, I had a job, but I ended up selling drugs and went to prison at age 19. I got out, became a millionaire by 25, then back to prison by 26.
My story of extreme lows and meteoric highs has been told on 1000s of podcasts, websites, and articles in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, and more.
In 2009 I made $300k, fell in love, and re-married.
By March of 2010, I lost my job due to my background and by 2014 I was divorced again.
Every time I got up, the Force of Average was right there to knock me back down.
Eventually, I got fed up with rock bottom lows and skyrocket highs.
I wanted my life to continue to rise, without the devastating pitfalls to counterbalance it.
That's when I figured out what the Force of Average was and gave it a name.
The first rule of war is to identify your enemy.
The Force of Average is your enemy.
Once you identify your enemy, you must know what the enemy’s main weapon of choice is, so you can grab an equally effective weapon to go into combat against it.
The Force of Average's only weapon is Distraction.
It's here to distract you from your purpose, from your pleasures, and from your progress towards greatness.
You see, the closer you get to becoming the greatest version of yourself, the more the Force of Average tries to distract you.
That's why the highs are so often followed by rock-bottom lows.
If the Force of Average is set up to throw distractions at you as often as it can, you have to use the superpower you are naturally endowed with to beat it.