Excellence means the quality of being extremely good at something. Excellence is also considered as a quality which surpasses ordinary standards.
Personal excellence is the ability to stay focused and come up with solutions in difficult times. To become successful, Personal excellence is must.
Personal Excellence benefits you in both personal as well as professional life. Success, happiness, peace, fulfillment all are bye products of Personal Excellence.
Let us discuss some qualities one must possess to achieve Personal Excellence.
1) Follow step by step approach
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
― St. Francis Of Assisi
Approach everything step by step, by creating short term goals. When you achieve one goal, set another goal to achieve. Each small successful step leads to another step. Small but consistent efforts will lead you to your destination. Once a task is finished, focus on the next. Repeat this process and you will see the wonder.
2) Practice till Perfection
Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillful, swift, and steady.
― Bruce Lee
The most important way to achieve excellence is through Practice. After all Practice makes man perfect. Practice daily whatever skill you want to learn. Through regular practice, no matter how hard, any skill can be mastered. There’s no shortcut to success but consistent practice.
3) Be Diligent
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Diligence is one of the seven heavenly virtues. Diligent is a belief that work is good in itself. Being Diligent means carefulness and persistent effort or work. Being diligent in one’s work will surely lead to success.
4) Stay Optimistic
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– Winston Churchill
Always maintain positive mental attitude in life. Optimistic people have positive effect around them. Staying optimistic is the winner attitude. You need the power of optimism to experience the best things in life. If your mind is full of pessimism, good thing won’t come to you. Great ideas flow in the minds of optimistic people. Therefore always be optimistic.
5) Destroy your Obstacles
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
Everything that blocks your way towards success is an obstacle. Obstacles deviate us from our path to success.
Things like Distraction, fear, laziness, procrastination are obstacles. We must destroy them, if we want to be successful. Once we learn to overcome obstacles, then there no looking back.
Obstacles are speed breakers they can slow down your speed, can not stop you. With proper planning and execution obstacles can be destroyed. Keep on destroying obstacles to attain Personal Excellence.
6) Take Action
You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
– Mahatma Gandhi
We all know a simple truth that, we miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. An idea will not manifest itself until we execute it. Taking action is a very important step toward self excellence. You can not achieve self excellence if you don’t act on your ideas. Let your actions speak not your words. Confucius says “The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.” So be a man/women of action not words.
7) Enjoy your work
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Let us face the truth – Most of us hate the work we do. Not enjoying ones work is a global phenomenon, almost every one does that. But if we are not liking what we are doing, then there will be no perfection in it. If we really want to do great work we must enjoy it.
I love Steve jobs advice on work – “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” – Steve Jobs
So keep looking, you will find a way.
8) Stay Disciplined
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
– Jim Rohn
Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be successful. Huge targets can only be achieved through discipline effort. Discipline is an essential quality to achieve persona excellence. An idea combined with discipline and hard work will lead you to success. Staying focused and disciplined in this world full of distractions is a huge challenge. You must take this challenge and conquer it.
9) Lear from your Mistakes
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
– Albert Einstein
Mistakes provides us a chance to introspect. Learn from you mistakes, see what went wrong and rectify them. If you are doing something new you will make mistakes, but these mistakes should not stop you. Take mistakes as a learning experience and move on. Learning from your past mistakes is a quality which will push you towards Personal excellence.
10) Live by your Values
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
– Albert Einstein
Each one of us have a certain set of values which govern our life. These values are one of the most important things in our life. If you strongly believe in something but not implementing it, then you are in trouble. You must fill the gap between what you do and what you believe. When your action will reflect your values, then only you will achieve Personal Excellence.
11) Break your comfort zone
The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.
― Benedict Cumberbatch
We all have our physical, mental, emotional and social comfort zones. When you are in your comfort zone you feel secure and in control of your environment. You feel low level of stress and pressure. This is because you are not doing any thing new and hard. In your comfort zone you feel at ease, and your performance stays normal.
When you start doing new and challenging work, you break your comfort zone and come out of it. At this stage you start to feel stress and pressure. This is because you are breaking your previous limits and trying to become better. This results in an improved level of focus and performance. To Achieve Personal Excellence breaking and coming out of your comfort zone is a crucial step.
12) Plan your Day
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
An idea, backed by a proper plan, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence. Through daily proper planning, you can take maximum advantage of your limited time. Planning will give you many benefits such as clear defined deadlines per task, extra focus on difficult tasks, and less wastage of time. Planning is essential to stay productive. A small planning session every day will save you a lot of time.
When you work according to a plan, you know what to do next. This way you won’t get stuck or confused. Through proper planning your performance reaches it peal level, and you attain personal excellence.
13) Constantly Seek Criticism
Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.
― Elon Musk
When someone is criticizing your work, they are pointing out your mistakes. You need valid and well-reasoned opinions about your work. Criticism will really help you in rectifying your mistakes and improve in life. You must appreciate criticism and don’t take it personally. Use it as a positive feedback to improve yourself.
14) Stay Healthy and Energetic
To keep the body in good health is a duty otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
A healthy and energetic body is essential if you want to be successful in life. You can not give your best if you are not healthy. A health is a very basic requirement for Personal Excellence. Staying healthy and energetic is your natural state. To work you require energy and to stay energetic you must stay fit.
15) Always Live in Present
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
― Bill Keane
When you live in present, you have everything in your control. It’s the present moment where every thing happens. What you are today is a result of your past actions, which you can not change. Learn from your past mistakes. Your future will depend on your present actions.
Without worrying about the future do your work diligently in the present. Living in past memories or future imaginations will only destroy your precious present. Therefore always live in present.
16) Do not Fear
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Fear can be an obstacle for some people. Never be too afraid to try. Fear is nothing more than a state of mind, it’s an illusion. Do what you fear and keep doing it until you succeed.
Fear of failing can make a dream impossible to achieve. Face your fear and it will vanish.