With a world that is full of distractions, it is no wonder that we are all less focused than ever before. With less focus means that the work we create, the things that we do in life, end up in a mediocre state. No one sets out to live a mediocre life. We should all be striving to live excellent lives.
The pursuit of excellence is a mindset. It's an attitude that you bring that says "I am going to bring my A game!". It’s about changing your perspective so that everything you do, you do to the absolute best of your ability working within the allotted time and resource constraints. It’s about never settling for less and over delivering on promises you made to yourself and others.
Using this mindset, you will notice you have more energy to complete a typically boring task and the results you get turn out better.
So how does the mindset work in practice? It’s fairly simple, take a mundane task such as washing the dishes. I would venture to guess that there are very few people in this world that actually like washing dishes. Agree?
When washing dishes, you change your mindset so that the goal in mind is to wash those dishes as clean as possible in as short amount of time as possible. It's like you are in an audition to be known as the world's best dish washer! If you start washing dishes with this type of mindset, not only are you going to see cleaner dishes, but it also becomes less of a chore because you 100% focused on the task at hand.
Now that is a simple example, but you can imagine if you implemented this philosophy for bigger things in your life, the results you deliver in life would begin to change.
The Pursuit of Excellence is a mindset that I now use in many different facets of life:
- While having conversations with others - Be completely engaged and present as possible
- While delivering a presentation or speech - Bring the most energy and confidence possible
- While working on a time sensitive deliverable - Shut off all distractions and maintain 100% focus on the task at hand for a short, intense period of time
- While spending time with my family - Doing my best to be the best father and husband I can be
The beautiful thing about embedding this mindset into your life is that you start to see better results in everything you do. This excellence level becomes your new standard! Your work becomes better, the chores become less mundane, and you start feeling a better sense of accomplishment.
I am a firm believer that if you consistently perform at a high level, the right people will recognize it and then the right opportunities will begin to flow your way.
Today is a great day for you to start implementing this philosophy and leave your trail of excellence for others to follow.
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