“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act but a habit”.
This is one of my favourite sayings. The first time I heard it, it really struck a chord with me. In our society excellence seems to be measured in all sorts of ways. ‘Success’ is a whole topic in itself, but the idea of excellence goes hand in hand.
I will confess that sometimes I struggle with this topic. You see, I constantly analyse myself and my world. I am prone to being self-critical to a fault. Like a lot of us, I get caught up in ‘keeping up with the Joneses’…(who ARE the Joneses, anyway?!)
In any case, when this happens, I typically find myself searching out inspiring people and studying how they do things. What are they doing differently to me? How can I be more like them?
Here is what I have found:
- ‘Success’ is the accomplishment of an aim or goal, but it can be measured in many different ways. For one person, it might mean earning £1ook a year in their job. For another it might mean raising children who are good human beings contributing to society. Each person’s definition of success is their own to some extent.
- ‘Excellence’ is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as: the quality of being outstanding or extremely good. Therefore, no matter what you are trying to achieve, you can be excellent at it.
- If you live your life with the motto ‘I will give 100% of myself, 100% of the time’, you may not be successful at everything, but you will definitely be practicing excellence.
- You can be really good at a particular thing, (people might even call you ‘excellent’ at it,) but the habit of excellence spreads through everything you do.
- Chasing success won’t necessarily make you happy, in fact, it can make you downright miserable. But chasing excellence will always give you a feeling of accomplishment, knowing that you have given your best to yourself and your life.
Any habit starts with a single step, so today, start practising the habit of excellence. Choose one goal and decide to give it 100% of yourself, 100% of the time.
Do you already practise excellence in your life? Has this post touched you in some way? Please leave a comment below and let me know.
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