Our days are often marked with “busyness”. Our generation seems to like having a lot on their plates. Or maybe because having a lot to do equates productiveness and a fruitful life. But have we ever thought what these activities have brought into our lives? Are we doing a lot of “urgent” matters and we don’t seem to think anymore about the quality of the things that we do as long as it is done? More than ever, we are now living in a society in which urgency and “busyness” is the status quo. And so we settle for the average. Average is the new “exceptional”. But do we ever really want to be average? Do we want a mediocre life?

“Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer.” – Rick Pitino

Life is wonderful and it is too short to be living in mediocrity. Living in mediocrity means living beneath what abundance and beauty that the world has to offer. Some people are not grabbing that opportunity. They are trapped in mediocrity. They settle for less. Do you not dare for more? For something higher? For excellence? We were all created for excellence and we have to live up to that. Everyone has potential for something greater but the sad thing is that we do not live up to it and so it remains just that: a potential. We take short cuts and are happy with the average. But let me ask you one more time: Is that what you really want? Are you doing what you want and not what you should? Are you choosing what is safe than what is right?

“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

Being excellent may take work. It is not easy but once you get down to its road, things will never be the same again. You will want to strive harder and the happiness and satisfaction you will get is unlike any other. Excellence requires pushing past your comfort zones and your failures. And it dares you to stand out from the crowd. Being excellent is a state of mind and it entails self-discipline. Yes, it’s a boring and hated word but it will get you to where you want to be. It will be what you need to push through in pursuing your dreams excellently. Being excellent will also necessitate passion so pursue what you love. It will be a great motivator. Do not be afraid to ask help from an expert as well, from someone who knows the ropes and who has been there. Build self-confidence as well and be your own cheerer. Bank on the best but be reminded that you are not perfect. Take failure as it is and learn from it. Know when you should evaluate and when you should give yourself a break. Give some time for reflection and for rest. Remember that you cannot give what you don’t have so if you are incredibly tired, take a rest. After all, you can’t give your best if you’re exhausted. You can come back restored and better than ever.

Excellence makes a world of difference. Working hard and giving your best at something will provide you with great satisfaction. According to Earl Nightingale, “excellence always sells” and it is often rare especially nowadays. You, of excellent character and doing, is precious. You are living up to your potential if you build your life around excellence. So start living a life of excellence. Excellence comes in small details. Take small steps.