Are You Committed to Excellence?

Although many have thrown around the term, “committed to excellence”, do we really understand what it means? Aristotle had a novel description of excellence. Here’s the full quote…”

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Aristotle was definitely on to something. Excellence is a habit. The good news is that any habit can be formed. So what is the best way to create a new habit? Setting new goals and creating a plan of attack is a good way.

Let’s see how this can be done:

Define Your Reasons

The first step is to list why you commit to excellence. Is it to increase business, improve your family life or something else? Write down the reasons you want to achieve excellence.

View Your Employer as Your Client

Next, view your employer as your client. Then get into the practice of delivering more than your employer expects. For instance, you may finish your work ahead of schedule and under budget.

Look the Part

Do you need to refresh your professional image? Do you look like you could fit in the senior suite? Research has shown that your dress can affect the way you feel. What does a leader look like at your company? Find out…
In addition to your appearance, do you carry yourself as a leader? How do the leaders carry themselves at your company? Executive presence is essential.

A Word of Caution

There is a difference between excellence and perfection. Remember that excellence is a balance between training and habit. Perfection is flawless completion.

Although it’s good to be the best we can possibly be, we must avoid an unhealthy pursuit of perfection to the point that we take no action for fear of failing. Inaction is the enemy of excellence. Failing is a teacher and is a part of excellence. Failing gives you direction. You’ll know what not to do next time you try. Keywords: Try next time. Just give it your best.

If you want to excel in your life, start by attempting to put forth the best effort you can. If you do this consistently, you will elude a sense of excellence within and around you. Others will sense this and will see you in a different light.

DO IT NOW:

1.) List the areas of your life that you need to improve. List why you need to improve.
2.) Review your list and choose one area that is most pressing.
3.) Create an “improvement plan”. Write down the specific steps to achieve your improvement goal? Think of what you need to improve. Do you need to learn something new? A new way of thinking? Do you need help? Make sure you create a deadline.
4.) Review your list weekly (Pick a day to review) to keep you on track. Make sure you place a check next to each completed step to your plan.
5.) As you improve one area, restart the process with a new area.
If you keep this up, you will be on your road to your excellence.


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Nancy Gettridge is founder and principal of Phenomenal Image.  Her passion is helping aspiring women achieve their dream careers (Her guilty pleasures are playing Design Home, reading and suspense movies).  Nancy frequently writes about gender bias in the workplace. Key topics include career development and strategy, leadership, and overcoming workplace issues.

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