To Be an Extraordinary Achiever, Commit to Daily Excellence

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Every week, I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the world’s most extraordinary achievers. Being surrounded by these men and women opens my eyes to how they differentiate themselves from the rest of the population.

I’m not referring to anyone being better than the next person, because I truly believe we are all created equally. However, what I do refer to is how they think and go about their lives.

Vince Lombardi once said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

If you take a look at some of the world’s greatest athletes, most successful entrepreneurs, or anyone who has mastered their craft, you will find that they made a firm commitment to daily excellence. Constantly striving for excellence in every area of your life is ultimately what will determine the quality of your life, no matter what you do for a living.

Committing to excellence is what has shaped some of the most successful companies. Committing to excellence is what turns an average athlete into a great athlete. Committing to excellence is what spurs an ordinary person to creating extraordinary success for themselves.

Sure, you can show up at work and just keep busy and act like you are doing something when the boss is around, but is that really going to advance you to where you really want to go in life? I highly doubt it. But what will take you to where you want to go in life is to focus on the task at hand and commit to do your work to the best of your ability day in and day out.

Excellence is not about how much money is in your bank account or what kind of car you drive. Excellence is about waking up each morning and declaring that you will do your best at everything you do and be better than you were the day before.

Excellence is not about settling for average. When you give your all at everything you do, when you commit to excellence daily, you will suddenly start to see the quality of your life escalate. You will feel more at peace. You will feel a sense of accomplishment like never before because you know that deep down, you gave your all.

Make up your mind that you will commit yourself to excellence daily. When you do, you are well on your way to places where halfhearted people will never go!

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

Live Your Life Like it Matters

Life That MattersIf you have made mistakes or failed in the past, so what!  If you have been a success and everything is going just fine, you can do better!

Every moment in life is an opportunity to get better.  No matter what has happened in the past, whether good or bad, we should always be searching for new ways to grow, learn, and capitalize on past failures and successes.

There is something beautiful within you.  There is something powerful within you.  There is something extraordinary in you.  Don’t live life out of past experiences.  Live out of your imagination.

Take a moment and look around.  See all of the amazing possibilities that are all around you.  Envision yourself living your best life.  Picture yourself achieving your biggest goals and dreams.  How does that make you feel?  Capture that moment and never forget how it makes you feel.

It’s very important to never stop running toward your dream.  You have everything you need to make your life a masterpiece.  Right now isn’t the time to get caught up in the many distractions that loom all around you.  Right now isn’t the time to give up and let fear override your biggest aspirations and dreams in life.  However, right now is the right time to keep believing and working all day and night on your dream.  Right now is the right time to give new meaning to your life.  Right now is the right time to live with passion and make the most out of today.

Don’t go another day postponing what’s important to you.  No one will ever just hand you a life worth living.  That will come from a burning desire to do more and become more daily.  Accept nothing less than world class.  Accept nothing less than excellence.  Accept nothing less than living what’s inside of you.

Do everything in your power to not just go through this day, but to GROW through this day.  Live your life like it matters, because it most certainly does!

Talk To Yourself Like a Champion

We all fall victim to negative self-talk from time to time, saying things about ourselves such as, “I never do anything right.  I look terrible.  I’m not smart enough.  I don’t have the right resources.”

As Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  In other words, the way we talk to ourselves will most definitely affect our lives.  Start talking to yourself like a champion.  Repeat over and over again to yourself, “There is nothing average about me.  I wasn’t put here to be just ordinary.  I am special and I have greatness within me.”

When you switch the negative self-talk with positive and uplifting words, the quality of your life will start to change.  One of the biggest misconceptions is that we need materialistic things or to reach a certain level of success before we can be fully happy and live a great life.

We create our own happiness and one thing you have to understand is that no amount of success will replace negative or self diminishing self-talk.

Next time you find yourself downplaying your ability or second guessing a situation, talk to yourself like a champion.  No one will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself!

Action tip to help talk to yourself like a champion throughout the day:

Write powerful statements and uplifting quotes on a notecard.  This exercise has helped me tremendously with battling negative thoughts or situations during my day.

The key is to keep your notecard in your purse, wallet, or pocket so you can easily access it.  Look at this card and repeat the words with conviction.  If you make this a habit, you will begin to see increased motivation and boosted confidence levels.