“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle
Wow. I saw this tweet the other day and it spoke to me in the kind of way that perks up your ears and makes your heart beat a little faster. That could have been my third Diet Coke kicking in, but I prefer to give all the credit to Twitter.
When you think of being excellent or achieving greatness, what are the first things that come to mind? Your short term goals? Your long term goals?
I know what you’re thinking. Wow, Kait, another heavy post for a Friday. But hear me out.
Too often we define excellence as something that is unattainable until later in life. Excellence is something that has to be granted through hard work, blood, sweat, tears, and some smeared mascara. Excellence is obtained after years and years and years. And for the most part, that’s a pretty good definition.
But pretty good as never been “good enough” for me. I’ve always wanted excellence (and wanted it with immediacy). But is there anything wrong with proving exceptional in the daily life? Is there something wrong about looking at daily accomplishments as excellent? I don’t think so.
Because for every single person on this planet, excellent is something different. The fact is, we are all born with the exceptional power to make a difference in this life, whether we are teachers, mothers, bankers, philosophers, bridge builders, trash collectors, you get the idea….
Whatever you choose to be, today and everyday, be excellent.