“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
There is something very comforting about the fact that excellence can become a habit in our lives. Sadly most people never even strive for excellence in anything they achieve and even those that do are content to experience the occasional moment of high achievement.
We all have certain skills that serve to set us apart from others around us and we should consider it our duty in life to make the most of our own particular skill set. If we have the ability to be excellent at something then we owe it to ourselves and to those around us to ensure that we excel at this, not just occasionally but all the time.
Repetition is the key to ensuring that excellence becomes a habit in our lives. Having the mental attitude that we always want to do things today a little better than we did them yesterday will keep us on the right track. Because of this we must take the time and effort to schedule success into our lives. It may seem a strange concept to “schedule success” but that is exactly what we need to do.
If we are content to be an employee then we can come into work on Monday morning with no ideas on how to make the most of the week ahead and we can just let our boss set the agenda for us. But as entrepreneurs and masters of our own destiny then we set our own agendas. By the time we start work on Monday morning we must already have a plan of action to propel us through the week ahead and other plans for the next month, the next quarter and beyond.
We must write down our goals, print them out and keep them where we can see them every day as reminders of where we want to be. Make excellence a habit as we drive our businesses forward in the direction we want to go and have a clear series of written goals to guide us.
If we set ourselves a series of challenging (but achievable) targets then we can make it a habit to constantly meet and exceed those targets as we strive ever upwards. We are what we repeatedly do so we might as well repeatedly strive for excellence rather than to repeatedly settle for second best.