So what is excellence?
To me, excellence simply means that you make the decision to be the best YOU can possibly be.
Excellence also means continually striving to become better than you used to be. One way to get an idea of excellence is to take a look at some excellent people.
In sports, we have Muhammad Ali, Scott Dixon, Wayne Gretzky and Michael Johnson. In music Beethoven and Mozart. In business Bill Gates, Henry Ford and Walt Disney. In martial arts Bruce Lee. The list of excellent people goes on and on but you get the idea.
Being excellent is not easy and you need several qualities.
High Standards – the number one key to excellence is setting high standards and keeping them up. Ask yourself have I set the bar high enough today or am I settling for less than I can be.
Burning Desire – Until you want to achieve and excel as bad as wanting a breath of air when your held underwater you don’t want it bad enough. You have to want to excel that much.
Hard, hard, hard work – Everyone says they want to win but very few people want it badly enough to put in the effort and preparation it takes to be the best. A commitment to excellence means incredibly hard work. And in direct proportion to your labours, so shall you reap the fruits.
Courage – Being excellent requires the courage to pursue your big dream. Courage means saying no to doubt and fear and just going for it. It doesn’t mean you don’t have doubts or fears, it means you forge ahead in spite of them.
Independence – To become excellent you may have to discard some old relationships if they aren’t serving you. You’ll always become like those you spend the most time with, so if you want to be excellent, you have to surround yourself with excellent people.
Lastly, why commit to being excellent?
Life is about expansion and growth. Life is about discovering your gifts and then using them. Life is about fulfilling your unrealised potential.
Excellence leaves a legacy thereby inspiring and helping others to pursue the path of excellence and see the greatness within themselves. Nothing will improve unless you commit to being excellent.
And guess what? If you’re not improving and moving forward, you’re moving backwards! You’re being passed by! You’re in someone’s dust!
Martin Luther King summed it up this way: “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street-sweeper who did his job well.”
Have a terrific week and be excellent.
Glenn “E for Excellent” Edley