A Life of Excellence

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
There are so many definitions of excellence but i would like to take the one by the great philosopher Aristotle,he defined Excellence thus:
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.
Success,growth,abundance,Excellence.These are things we set to achieve in our lives,we just don’t want to achieve peak results,we want to be the very best at what we do,in our  work places,our assignment,our purpose,we want to be the very best.
The one thing that might irritate you about me,is my advocacy for excellence,anyone who has worked with me,knows that my principle for life is anything worth doing is worth doing well.We must give the utmost attention to any responsibility placed in our hands.
Excellence is possible,but like Aristotle said;we are what we do repeatedly,what are the things you do daily,just confessing i am an excellent man,does not guarantee excellence,excellence is an art won by training,how much training do you give to your talent?how much good habits have you developed in the last few months?
Take your time to check out men who show excellence in their work that we appreciate,you will see a man,who has worked tirelessly to be able to deliver such finesse in their brand.
Stop wishing and dreaming,i would like to show you a few tips to achieving excellence:
  • Have the End in Mind

“without goals and plans to reach them,you are like a ship that has set sail,with no destination” . . . F. Dodson

Imagine you are in such a ship,the end would be a place called No Where.
Without the setting of goals excellence is not achievable.
In a football,how can you score without an idea of where the goal post is,practically impossible, that’s how it is with a man that does not have set goals.
Make your goals progressive,make them step by step and make sure it leads you to your end.
To achieve excellence you must set goals that you are ready to put all effort to realize.Don’t set goals that are just too easy to achieve,set goals that you are excited about and work hard to achieve them,goals that inspire you.

Set big,bold and audacious goals.

  • Learn from the Best
What are you working on right now? check out men who have done it before and was successful at it and learn from them.
To become a man of excellence,you should keep your eyes and follow after men of excellence.
Its only a man that has been where you are trying to get to,that can take you there.
Study the lives of successful people,you cannot be a success by hanging out with failures.A poor man can not teach you how to make money.
Is your target to be the best in medicine,study those best at the field,a musician,study those best at that field and so on.To get up,you must keep your eyes looking up.
Paul in the bible said,follow me as i follow Christ, Paul was best at what he did,because he learnt from the master himself.
You can not be a man of excellence,when you spend your time more with lazy and focus less people,individuals without goals or drive to achieve those goals.
Have you not noticed the friends of the great are usually great people.Over time you become,who and what you study,you become what you keep your gaze on.
  • Believe that you can do it

Its not who you are that is holds you back,but who you think you are not. Hanoch McCarthy.

without self confidence,success is not achievable.If you don’t believe in your self,no one will believe in you.
To be a success in sales you must believe in yourself and your product.
Confidence is a very essential key to being successful in life.
There’s no successful man today that,did not have obstacles on his way to success,but your ability to succeed will be determined on how you see those obstacles,as stepping stones or hindrances.

A successful person is one who can lay a foundation with the bricks others throw at him or her.  David Brinkley.

Build a success slogan and keep saying it to yourself daily,like the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama,during his election campaign,built a success statement that is now used all over the world 
YES WE CAN“,if you don’t believe you can,you certainly can’t.
Build a NO GIVE UP ATTITUDE,and keep saying to yourself,ITS NOT OVER TILL I WIN. 
Dont let the words or negative statements of other people get you down,the bible says “we are snared by the words of our mouth” not by the words of your haters,the words of your haters will have effect,when you begin to accept them and believe in them.
Your confession affects your belief system,start saying it, I AM A SUCCESS,stir yourself up,by your confessions daily,this will help your self confidence.
You can do it,if you believe…..

  • Have a Concrete Strategy

what do you want to achieve or avoid?the answers to this question are objectives.How will you go about achieving your desired results?the answer to this you can call strategy. 

 William E. Rothschild.

A plan is simply what you intend to do,but strategy is your blue print for success,your strategy states how you will achieve your plans.
Just having a plan is not enough,you must have a strategy,you don’t leave your goals to fate,you must have a strategy carefully thought out.

Setting a goal and not following through with proper planning is like a man,who enters a car and drives knowing his destination but not knowing how to get there.Many people fail in their goals because they have no strategy.
Most people,businesses and organisations fail in their goals because there is no proper strategy on what to do,when faced with obstacles,what is the best action to take,when faced with problem?how can i achieve this goal better?how did those who have gone ahead of me achieve their goals?
Questions are vital for developing a strategy,ask yourself very important questions.Strategizing will help you to achieve your goals with ease.

  • Put All you Got To It
One of the reasons why we don’t achieve our goals or run toward it,is that we wait for others to help us do it.Don’t wait for anyone to come help you,check yourself and find out what you have,use what you have to get what you desire.

Put all your available resources to its actualization,the first resouces that must be put into any dream should be yours,nobody wants to help a man who has not started something first.The key to getting others to help you is to start with what you have.
Think big but start small,don’t neglect the days of small beginnings.When you set your goals, put your available resources to work.
Bishop T.D Jake’s,said he had to close his bank account to be able to publish the book WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED,that was all he had at that time,and today that book sold millions and its a best seller.
What are your dreams and how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it?
When i speak of resources,i mean money,energy,time and all you have at your disposal,you must be the first one to invest in your dreams,stop waiting on someone else,start now.

  • Keep reading
To be a success in life you must give time to reading good books,books that will help you get better.Knowledge is very needful for execution.The difference between the rich and the poor is in what they know.

According to Abraham Lincoln,”the things i want to know are in books,my best friend is the man who’ll get me the book i ain’t read”

Myles Munroe said” the best place to hide a treasure is in a book” we must discipline ourselves to read books.Every successful person,is a product of the books they read.
The more you read,the more knowledge you gain.Seth Godin,the best selling author on Business week and New York times,buys 400 new books every year and probably reads a lot more than that.
Make goals for yourself,read at least a book once in a month,develop the desire to read,read the biography of successful people.The time you spend on other unfruitful thing,increase your knowledge and increase your potential to be successful.

“when you sell a man a book,you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue-you sell him a whole new life” 

         Christopher Moley.

  • Work Hard and Smart
Some people say work smart and not hard,but i say work hard and smart.when you work hard,it doesn’t necessary mean to toil or sweating or dreading what you do.
when you love what you do,it’s not stress but fun.If you don’t love what you are doing,then you can’t be a success at it,then you toil and sweat.but when you love what you do,you don’t toil,but you enjoy doing it.
I love to write and read,so for me,when i have to write i am always excited and the best gift you can give to me is a new book.My best gifts to my friends are books,i love reading and i buy books a lot.
Put all of your effort and energy doing what you do,and you will see progress and recognition.

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. 

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Put your very best at achieving your goals.You put your best to get your best.You reap what you sow.If you sow excellence you will reap excellence.When you put your best at your work,the best will always find you.Stop been lazy,start focusing your energy on the achievement of your goals and give it your best shot.
  • Get Feedback
Feed back is vital for achieving success at your work.I always ask some of my friends to go through my blogs and tell me their candid opinion,its important so i can better on my work.
Look for at least 3 or 5 persons that can criticize your work,so you can hear other peoples point of view.Before i start to write on any matter,i always find out other views about that matter,i read materials from other great bloggers and make my conclusions.
Every successful company,always ask for feedback from clients and customers,on their customer service,so that they can better their services.Also feedback from the staff on how management can improve their treatment of staff to increase productivity.
As an entrepreneur i am very concerned about my staffs and how they are doing with work,so we used to have feedback days on Fridays and we called it “Happy Friday” that’s the time where the staff and directors get to hang out and discuss about how work has been through the week.
Feedback,helps you to hear other peoples views and opinions,this way you can add knowledge to what you already have.
Feedback will not only increase your knowledge but will increase productivity,when the new information is applied.

About tajhmahal

i am Pastor,life coach, writer and a motivator,an inspirational speaker.I write on practical issues and how to live according to Gods word and way.
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