How To Live With ExcellenceBy April D'Angelo On January 24, 2010 Under Leadership
The Underestimated Secret of Choice
We have all been granted the same beautiful gift of choice. The freedom to choose is exercised in our lives every day. And inevitably with every choice we make there are consequences. Some good, some not so good. The fact remains before each of us there are three consistent choices to be made. The choice to be lazy. The choice to be mediocre and the choice to be excellent.
There are way too many easy examples of the fruit of laziness just look around the planet. Uncut lawns, garbage along the highways, houses a mess and lives destroyed. Lazy people tend to do only what they feel like doing which many times ends up being nothing at all. They often times are unhappy about the areas where they are lacking and jealous about others who are fulfilled. They are only willing to do something that promises to be easy. Not alert, unwilling to commit or plan ahead, and failing to take care of things. Sooner or later things just end up a mess and falling apart.
LAZY: resistant to work or exertion; sluggish or slow moving. -Webster’s II New College Dictionary
Of course we don’t all fall entirely into this category. But perhaps there are areas where our attitude is lazy. Maybe we are passive instead of active in the way we are dealing with things. Maybe we are caught in one of the most socially acceptable plagues of humanity. Stuck on the fence, middle of the road, mediocre mindset that believes “I’m just as good as anybody else”. These so called “average Joes” are not worse than anybody else but they are certainly not better either. These people usually remain halfway between success and failure. Only committing to do enough to just get them by and usually living very unfulfilled and frustrated lives. These same people are not really interested in how their behavior will affect others at least not enough to really improve themselves. They lack that extra-mile luster. They will leave their garbage on the park bench and set their wet drinks on other people’s wooden furniture. Maybe they just don’t want to make the right nutritional choices to take care of themselves properly.
MEDIOCRE: of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance -Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Mediocrity may be acceptable, but it doesn’t help anybody. If we want to live our lives making an impact on those around us, then we must choose to move beyond mediocrity. We must choose to live our lives modeling the standard for excellence. This excellence should be evident in our conversation, our dress, the way we care for our home and car, the way we treat people and animals, ect. Let’s not confuse excellence with perfection here. This could prove to become both overwhelming and discouraging. The excellence I am referring to is that of our spirit and attitude. The one that is just willing to go above and beyond, to give 110% of yourself, doing things with all of your heart. One with this excellent attitude takes what he has and does the very best he can with it.
It is time to draw a line in the sand between you and our past. Make the choice to be a person of excellence; to live a life of excellence exceeding the status quo. Be the one who does more than what is expected this year!
“whatever you pursue in life is what you are going to receive. So …learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences]… When you do, you will reap the rewards of excellence!” -Joyce Meyer