Excellence is a way of life that requires strong emotional intelligence, focus, passion, and energy. The journey towards excellence can be challenging, but you’ll progress quickly when you make the effort to develop habits that allow you to thrive.
Is excellence on the top of your priority list? If so, do you maximize your potential to be your very best?
Aristotle once wrote, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.” In other words, when we do the right things, we can achieve the virtue of excellence, thus becoming a habit. I believe to be successful we must place a sharp focus on the things that are most important to us in life. This may force us to make some tough, but critical decisions.
The pursuit of excellence
How many of us take on more than we should? It’s problematic when we spread ourselves too thin because it prevents us from performing at our best. When this occurs, excellence gets moved down the priority list reducing our momentum. Undeniably, the pursuit of excellence can be a rocky road especially if you’re living what I refer to as a “drive-by life”. I’m guilty of trying to cram too much into my day, often driven by my passion; however, this can derail my journey to excellence.
We are a work in progress
Our lives are a work in progress; we make lists and choices that have a direct impact. Living a life of excellence requires the practice of emotional intelligence competencies such as self-awareness and self-reflection on a regular basis. From there, we must examine our priorities.
Excellence does not mean perfection
Recognizing the benefits of focusing on self-improvement rather than perfection, as well as the importance of making errors and learning from them is vital. We all make mistakes and take the odd wrong turn on our life’s journey. But if we pause long enough each day to prioritize what’s important to us, we’ve cleared the path ahead for progress and the next steps toward excellence.
5 strategies to get you back on track:
- Visit your values - what really matters to you?
- Listen more than you speak.
- Get in tune with your emotions, they send important messages.
- Get to know what makes you tick.
- Strengthen your focus to be more productive.