Today we share an important tip. Instead of striving for perfection, focus on building to excellence.
The pursuit of perfection can be likened to dancing with a pig, you probably know how the story goes, the pig gets really upset and we get very dirty. In other words, an endeavor not to be undertaken. Striving for and achieving excellence in our work is an integral part of feeling genuinely satisfied in life. If you want your results to grow, you have to grow. So begin now (if you haven’t already) on a journey of personal development. It’s never too late!
My experience and journey in my own personal development go back many years. More specifically, I was drawn to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and have been practicing NLP ever since, both with my clients and myself. NLP is a study of excellence and how we use the language of the mind to consistently achieve the results we desire. Sometimes I forget this powerful tool I have.
Before we can actualize success in the physical world, we must develop the mindset for success. An empowering belief to hold is that people, yes that’s you, have all the necessary resources within themselves. Anything someone else can do, you and I can do it too. That is as long as we know how they do it internally in their mind and externally in their behaviors or actions. If you are going to put your effort into modeling someone, you might as well choose a model of excellence, rather than one of mediocrity.
We all want our careers or businesses to blossom, making us financially secure and content with our achievements. Remembering the journey is also important and sure to be savored and enjoyed. In the spirit of helping you build for excellence, here are three of the seven stepping-stones that will lead to career and personal growth as well as excellence. When used as part of a total action-plan, these seven stepping-stones can contribute tremendously to the fulfillment that you desire.
MAKE A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
A passionate commitment to excellence is a primary step to growth in any endeavor. It is not enough to say we want to be excellent; we must make a commitment. Whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner, employer, or employee, commit yourself to becoming excellent in your chosen field. When you commit yourself to excellence, you will grow personally as well as professionally.
EMPOWER YOURSELF AND OTHERS BY CONTINUING TO LEARN
A commitment to excellence requires continuous learning. Keep your skills sharpened by reading the latest books and attending seminars, classes, or workshops. Ask for feedback from clients, customers, supervisors, co-workers, and employees. Frequently assess yourself and look for key skills that need improvement. By empowering yourself with knowledge, you will reap the rewards of continued growth and excellent performance. You will also inspire others to seek empowerment, excellence, and growth.
MULTIPLY YOUR EFFORTS THROUGH NETWORKING
Tell many people about the specific ways that you can help to meet their needs. For example, instead of saying, “I sell real estate,” you might say, “I help low-income families find quality, affordable housing in areas where they’ve always wanted to live.” Tell people what makes your service or product special. However, keep your interactions light-hearted and spontaneous. Ask questions that show your interest in the other individual. Make your personality as well as your service memorable.
Compile a list of people with whom you want to work or do business. Attend seminars or workshops and network at every opportunity. If someone does not need your service, he or she might know someone who does. Keep a supply of business cards with you at all times. When you have built a business relationship with someone or gained a satisfied client, ask for referrals. Personal references will bring a large percentage of your business.
Ready for more? Read part two of this post.