Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Everyone wants to be excellent, but not everyone is willing to put effort into making it part of their daily routine. There are people who look at their successful peers and chalk it up to luck or circumstance. Certainly, being successful does require you to have a degree of luck in finding opportunities. However, what really separates successful people from the crowd is their commitment to doing their very best. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your journey towards excellence:
Excellence is not perfection
Part of being human is making mistakes. Failure is not escapable, nor should it be avoided. When you fail, you learn how to succeed. Your mistakes are what teach you how to be excellent. Therefore, do not even attempt perfection. Instead, strive to do your absolute best at anything you do. You will not be perfect, but you will be excellent.
If the idea of making excellence a habit daunts you, start small. When you do the dishes, wash them to the absolute best of your ability. When you vacuum the carpet, make it look as clean as you possibly can. Start by committing to excellence with small habits, and soon it will translate to the more important aspects of your life.
The more you do it, the easier it is
Like any habit, excellence becomes easier the more you do it. At first, you will have to push yourself to be excellent even when it would be easier to be lazy. Push through your initial resistance. Humans are naturally resistant to change, but once you commit to it, you will soon find that you are excellent out of habit.
You have the ability to be excellent. For more guidance on how to make excellence a habit, read my personal development book, The Power Of Peak State.