Success is a status. Excellence is a standard.
Which one has your attention captured these days? Success or excellence.
Often we get caught up in making success our top priority by making endless “plans” in order to achieve that vision.
When you really think of it, what is success?
Google success and you will find definitions like:
- the accomplishment of an aim or purpose
- the attainment of popularity or profit
- a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity
In the end, success can only truly be defined by YOU.
How often do you find yourself caught in the miry mix of someone else’s definition of success? Has it become too much of a focus?
We manage to come to a point in our success quest where excellence becomes more of a strategy to gain this success rather than an actual goal.
Making progress toward our own standard of excellence should be as much, if not more of a goal than achieving success itself.
Are you ever really going to be disappointed in yourself if you came to everything you do with excellence?
While success in a desired aim, excellence is a skill that can consistently be improved.
Odds are that if you improve your excellence skills, that success you are aiming for has a better chance of happening.
Plus you will LIKE who you are IN the achievement!
Success bases our worth on comparison with others. Excellence gauges our value by measuring us against our own potential.
– Jon Johnson
Now I don’t know about you, but I prefer to compare myself with the person I was to the person I am and the person I am to the one that I want to be.
Easy? NOPE! But in the end I have found it to be the most successful method of achieving what it is I’m aiming!
So the challenge here is to not look as much to making “success” the goal, but instead make progress on improving the level of excellence you bring to everything.
Seeking to improve my level of excellence so that I’m proud of the success I achieve right there with ya,
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