I've always found a Commitment to Mediocrity to be a far more achievable goal.
With my solid, cast-iron Commitment to Mediocrity I am able to assure all my colleagues that I will consistently achieve, and not exceed, Mediocrity in all I attempt. They find this reasuring, knowing that if they can be arsed then they can shine in comparison to me, but if they can't be arsed then at least a Mediocre job will be done. I feel I am the reassuring backstop of bare adequacy, combined with the contentment of non-threatening performance. I challenge no-one to excel, so everyone is comfortable. If anyone wishes to bend their back just a little, then their efforts will have added lustre in comparison to mine. If they wish to pull a sickie, or merely just fuck about all day, then their absence won't be as glaring because there is some sort of jerry-built, thrown-together, rag-tag, Heath-Robinson gerrymandering of a performance being done that so long as you don't peer at it too hard, or give it a shake, or the weather holds, should pass brief inspection and last till Thursday week.
I realise I have been given a forty minute lecture slot to extol the virtues of Mediocrity; unfortunately this is all I could get together in the time. Perhaps they could serve the coffee early?
And remember: Mediocrity. It's enough for me; it can be enough for you too.