Bringing Out Your Personal Excellence. No matter what you do in life, doing it well reaps great rewards. Whether this concept is applied to your work or your health, your relationships or your personal goals, making a commitment to personal excellence in whatever you do virtually guarantees a life of fulfillment, success and passion.
What does excellence have to do with anything? As with most things in life, the results we experience tend to be in proportion to the quality of the effort we put forth. If we give a half-heated effort, we experience poor results. If we give our absolute best, we always get excellent results (even if they aren’t what we initially intended) and sometimes, the results are even better than we expected.
You may wonder whether excellence really matters. Can’t you do something well enough and call it good? Yes, and that’s not always a bad thing to do. You can still get good results from good intentions and adequate efforts. But the question you need to ask yourself in every situation is, “Am I willing to settle for good enough?” If you are, this article is about challenging you to think about changing your approach and learning to apply your own personal excellence to everything you do.
Believing You Are Capable of More
One common reason people don’t give their best effort is because they don’t believe they are capable of more. Does this describe you? Are you more focused on getting quick results, even if they aren’t the best results? Do you think that if a task requires too much effort it won’t be worth it? Do you consistently avoid working any harder than you have to? Do you believe that massive success is only for the truly talented and lucky, so there’s no point in giving your best?
If you’re like the average person, you are probably capable of twenty times more than you have achieved so far. That’s at the minimum. It’s probably much higher. Do you have trouble believing that, or do you feel a twinge in your gut that confirms the truth of that statement? If you really don’t believe you are capable of more, then just maybe you are already working at your maximum level of excellence.
First, take a moment to think about your accomplishments thus far, and be honest with yourself about the things you could have done better. Perhaps you shied away from increased responsibility at your job and got passed over for promotion or you gave up on making your dream a reality because it seemed too difficult.
In order to bring out your personal excellence, you need to first acknowledge that your present circumstances are due to the actions you’ve taken so far, and more importantly the quality of effort you’ve put forth.
This can be an uncomfortable exercise because in a sense it means acknowledging that you are the cause of your own diminutive progress. However, only by knowing with certainty where you are can you move on to somewhere better. Imagine you’re in a shopping mall, standing before one of those maps that state, “You are here.” If you know where you are you can easily map out a route to get somewhere else.
It’s important not to judge yourself for your progress (or lack of) up to this point. Feeling bad about yourself accomplishes nothing. The point is to gain a clear understanding of where you are, and figure out where you want to go. Acknowledge that you did the best you could with the resources you had, but now you are ready to do better.
Finding Something to Believe In
Excellence is not so much about what you do, but how you do it.
However, the more time you spend doing things that really matter to you, the more naturally you will bring out your inner excellence. What is important to you? What do you live for? What have you always wanted to do? Answering these questions will start you on an amazing journey of self-discovery and growth.
Once you know the activities that make your heart sing, the point is then to do them often, and do them well. Master them like you’ve never mastered anything before. Throw yourself into them and become consumed by them.
When we do something we feel extremely passionate about, we automatically give the best of ourselves to the task. We’re not focusing on anything but the present moment which means we are able to devote our full energy and attention to now. Not only do we end up enjoying ourselves to the fullest possible extent, we also transmit that much more power to the end result. Half-hearted effort leads to tepid results, but focused, passionate action brings forth powerful results.
When It Just Has to Be Done
As important as it is to follow your passion, we all have things that simply must be done. We’ve got jobs, family responsibilities, various mundane chores to attend to, and all types of other obligations. It’s easy to slip into a mind-set of drudgery and do these things with half-hearted effort, and much of the time we do just that. But what would happen if we began giving them our full effort and attention?
First, we’d find ourselves feeling more positive about these unpleasant tasks. Rather than feeling annoyed or weary about them, we’d feel good about them. We’d start focusing more on the benefits created by the work we do, rather than the work itself.
We would also gain a sense of personal mastery over everything we do. From errands to interpersonal relationships, each activity would feel like its own reward. The results gained from these activities would simply be a nice bonus – better organization, greater fulfillment, deeper relationships and more powerful results from projects. In general, personal excellence creates a sense of inner pride about who we are and what we do. It makes us feel more confident, happier, and focused.
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