The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence — Confucius
The word excellence means to be outstanding, distinctive, and superior in all you do. Excellence is a mindset and a habit. Make excellence your personal philosophy and reap its benefits. I understood this idea years ago when I was starting my first training and consulting company. I made it my business to provide world-class training to my clients and approached every consulting assignment with the same mindset. I profited significantly from applying the philosophy of personal excellence. I won huge contracts and was hired by multinational companies as a result. Make excellence a habit and watch your profits go up and your performance skyrocket. Mediocrity and shoddiness do not pay. You might get away with it once in a while like others do, but not for long. I agree with what Earl Nightingale said: “Excellence always sells.”
Large corporations are built on excellence. Institutions of excellence have more business than they can handle. Designing the life you want and living the life you imagine should be built on the philosophy of personal excellence in everything you do and every service you provide. I know you want to reach your full potential and live the life you imagine and that was why you are reading this blog. I also know that you want to win so I suggest you follow the advice of Eddie Robinson: “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential — these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
To improve the quality of your life, the suggestion of Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of football’s Green Bay Packers is in order: “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” The commitment to excellence is one of the most powerful of all motivators. All successful people who have achieved massive success were driven by the quest to do things in an excellent way and are enthusiastic about achieving excellence in a particular area. The best advice you can give yourself and those around you is for everyone to be the best in every area of their lives. The habit of excellence in whatever you do is the cornerstone of continuous performance and productivity. Excellent service and excellent performance and productivity will make you stand out amidst the crowd and your peers. Mario Andretti said, “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way — Booker T. Washington
Excellence and standards are great cousins. For excellence to work, you first and foremost need a high standard in place. Excellence thrives when you already have high standards to measure what you do. First you set high standards and then you execute flawlessly with excellence. When you develop the habit of setting high standards and habitually raising the bar in whatever you do, it will open doors of opportunity for you. Don’t settle for mediocrity and just getting by; be known for your high standards and excellence. When I was working in the banking industry in my earlier career, I witnessed firsthand the importance of setting high standards in all operational areas, in support functions, and in the delivery of world-class services to clients. Within a few short years, we were able to attract a significant amount of business from individuals, corporate accounts, and institutional investors.
You can design the life you want on the bedrock of high standards and personal excellence. Banish mediocrity from your mind, set your mind on providing excellent services, and demonstrate high standards in all your activities. When you make high standards and excellence your buddies, they will work for you in ways you have never imagined. I have gotten to personally know these two great cousins and I know they work well together. Go for high standards and excellence and see your life shift in the direction you imagine. Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan said, “Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. These models of excellence will inspire you and guide you toward the fulfillment of your highest potential. You don’t do some things excellently today and then tomorrow you allow elements of mediocrity.”
Brian Tracy says, “Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.”