I believe that life is more enjoyable when I am thinking about, feeling good about and doing something that I consider valuable or important to the best of my ability.
If what I am thinking about, feeling and doing is valuable or important I feel better about doing it if I am putting my all into giving my thoughts and actions my best shot. Excellence is my goal.
It is the fact of striving to do what I am doing to a high standard that gives the action a “feel good” factor. Excellence then is not just an outcome, but a motivation.
How to Make Excellence a Motivation
This is what I do. I start by asking myself, “what outcome do I want here?” For instance as I write this article I ask myself, “What do I want people to think, feel and do when they read this article?” My answer is, “I want people to make excellence their goal in everything that they think, feel and do. And then I want them to enjoy the benefits of setting themselves the standard of excellence.”
OK, “So what is the standard of excellence that I have to set myself as I write this article that will cause people to set themselves the standard of excellence? And, what are the benefits that they will enjoy when they achieve that standard?”
As I ask myself these questions I feel excited (motivated) by the idea that my readers will set themselves the standard of excellence. I am even more excited by the vision of many people enjoying more fulfilling lives.
How to Make Excellence Your Standard
It is simple really – whenever you think about something or do something you just ask yourself, “What can I do to make my thought or my action excellent? What does excellent look like, sound like or feel like in this situation?” Most important of all is to ask yourself, “Who will benefit from my excellence and in what way will they benefit?” Then just visualise them enjoying the benefit.
The trick here is to be constantly aware of what you are thinking and feeling. When you notice weak thoughts simply ask yourself, “how do I make this thought excellent?”
The important point here is to be persistent. You have to keep at it, to keep badgering yourself. You must not allow yourself any slack. You must not let yourself off the hook. You must be disciplined. You must be persistent. Visualise yourself being disciplined and persistent all the time.
Simply by being disciplined and persistent you will develop the habit of being excellent in your thoughts and your behaviour. Then you will reap the benefits of excellence.
How Excellence Will Benefit You
The great point about thinking, feeling and behaving excellently all the time is that it makes you feel so good. You feel good about yourself. You feel good that you are benefitting others.
These good feelings have the added benefit that your self-image improves and with it your confidence also rises. And as others benefit they will credit you with having caused the benefits they experience and that will add to your self-esteem.
With all these benefits of excellence on offer surely you should start right away. Make excellence your default standard in everything that you do. Start now.