The 4 Horsemen of Mid-Life Mediocrity Threatening Your Extraordinary Life

Craig Stanland
6 min readJul 18, 2022

As we enter the inflection point between the 1st half of our lives and the second half of our lives, a voice begins to call to us.

The voice has been with us our entire lives, but we’ve diminished it to merely a whisper through the responsibilities of adulthood.

With the passing of time, the whisper grows louder.

What’s it saying?

It’s the desire to finally live up to our full potential, pursue our unfulfilled dreams, and create a beautiful end to our life story.

It’s the desire that we have as few regrets as possible on our deathbed.

It’s the desire to leave nothing on the table.

It’s the desire to pursue our calling.

The desire is strong but so is its opposite.

Newtons 3rd Law of Motion states:

For every action, there is an equal (in size) and opposite (in direction) reaction.

Every yin has a yang.

These are the nefarious forces that threaten your ability to reinvent your life and create the second half of your life you desire.

These are The 4 Horsemen of Mid-Life Mediocrity.


You feel as if some other force is in control of your life. You watch as the time flies by, and you wonder where it went and why you’re not where you want to be.

Over and over again. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year.


Autopilot is both comfortable and uncomfortable simultaneously.

How is this possible?

In the short term, autopilot is wickedly comfortable and wildly seductive. You’re able to turn your brain off and just cruise.

In the long term, it’s wickedly uncomfortable and woefully unfulfilling.

The Golden Treadmill:

I conceptualized The Golden Treadmill as I navigate the creative waters of my second book.

So what is it?

Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.