Excellence. What is excellence? How do you achieve excellence? Are you born with it or do you have to work to get it?
“Excellence can be obtained if you: …care more than others think is wise; …risk more than others think is safe; …dream more than others think is practical; …expect more than others think is possible.” Author Unknown
Here Five Principles Of Excellence
1. Unconditional Love
Infinite Love for the work you do. If you don’t love what you do, chances are you will never become excellent at it. You might be good at your work or whatever it is that you do, great maybe, but never excellent. This is why is so important to do what you enjoy, to use your gifts and talents because then and only then, it will all come naturally to you, and what others might see as hard work, for you will only be Infinite Love and Play. You don’t have to struggle in order to make your dreams come true; you don’t have to work hard; you won’t have to make all kind of sacrifices. The moment you put love in what you do and work with your heart, nothing will be seen or felt as hard work, to you.
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi
You may have a talent or more than one, and you may be very gifted, but if you don’t work with your talents, if you don’t play with them, they will eventually go to waste. You have to learn how to discipline yourself to do those things that need to be done in order to get excellent results. You want to be an excellent writer, singer, actor, businessman/ woman, mother, father? Well, you have to learn how to devote your time, focus and energy on improving your skills and talents.
Of course, we are all born with unique gifts and talents, but if you look around you, you might think that’s not quite true, right? Well, unfortunately, not everyone has the courage to do what their heart tells them to do; not everybody has the courage to do what makes them happy over what makes other people happy, or what makes them more money faster; not everybody has the courage to take the road less traveled…. Why do all of these things when you can listen to your parents, your friends or enemies, the society you live in, the media, right? They “always” know better than you do how you should be living your life and what can make you happy or unhappy.
Don’t let your life in the hands of others. You are the only one responsible for your life, your happiness, and your talents. It is your responsibility to work with your talents and master them!
There are way too many people who do what they do only for the money, power or the prestige, and not too many who see work as a way of expressing their love; as a way of sharing their unique gifts and talents with the rest of the world; as play rather than a permanent struggle; as a work of art. Did you know that, for example, in the United States, the suicidal rate is higher on Mondays than on any other days, and that Saturday is the day with the least number of suicides? Why do you think that is?
Monday, the beginning of a new week, people need to go to back to work, and because so many of them hate their jobs, they hate their co-workers, their bosses, etc. they would rather take their lives than keep on going to a job they hate. Doing what you love and loving what you do is the easiest way out…
“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” T. Alan Armstrong
3. An Excellent State Of Mind
It’s true. Before you can HAVE something, you have to first BE that something. Success begins inside of us, it is a state of mind, and until you won’t accept this idea, adopting an attitude of excellence, chances are that you will have a hard time believing in yourself; you will have a hard time believing in your talents and your ability to achieve excellence in your field.
If in your mind you aren’t able to see yourself as already being the person you want to be, as already feeling those feelings that come from being excellent in the work you do, you will have a hard time making things happen. Start with the end in mind; see yourself as already being there, and KNOW that it will happen, because in your mind it just did.
4. Patience And Persistence
We need to learn how to give time, time.A lot of people have a hard time with this one, I do too. We want things to happen fast, really fast, and because excellence takes time, in fact, all great things take time, most of us quit. We plant the seed of excellence in our minds, hoping that we will see the results overnight, and, because we see that days, weeks, months pass without having great results, we abandon everything, believing that we failed, feeling frustrated, angered, upset, depressed and defeated, not knowing that:
“Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ‘coaches’ ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.” Herbert Kaufman
If you know what you, want and WHY you want it, you won’t see failure as failure but rather as feedbacks, as lessons that will help you grow into the person you dream yourself of becoming. Impatience is not the key to achieving excellence. The constancy of purpose, patience, and persistence are!
5. Ability to Let Go
Letting go of your need to control everything that will happen to you along the way; letting go of your need to control the outcome and allowing things to just happen are important aspects of achieving excellence in your life. Detach yourself from the outcome, and KNOW that it will all be taken care of. You have prepared yourself for this journey, and now, all you have to do is surrender. Learn to enjoy every moment of this journey toward excellence; learn to be present in everything you do, and let yourself be completely immersed in every action you take, in everything you say or do, whether big or small. Make each day excellent, and at the end of your life, you will add all of these days, you will put them together, and your result will be an EXCELLENT AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
And always remember, EXCELLENCE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION!