Excellence is never an accident

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, and it determines your destiny.”It is essential to have a destination in mind and a map.

Most people in the world are living someone else’s agenda – much like a traveller without a specific destination or road map.Most people are not living fully actualized lives with full potential. Without clear direction, “sincere effort” is impossible. Most people merely do an adequate job of trying whatever it is they are doing. Sincere effort stems from high intention. It flows naturally. Assuming that intention is present, intelligent direction is also vital.

In his timeless classic, “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill recommends and promotes the “mastermind” group. This was a group of like-minded individuals that assembled for counsel and participation in the attainment of a worthwhile goal – providing guidance, advice and direction that is essential to success.

The use of the mastermind principle mirrors the use of an “intelligent direction”.Michael Jordan, who practiced over ten hours a day – even at the height of his career, said practicing the wrong thing eight hours a day only makes a person excellent at doing the wrong thing.

To excel -practice is much more important than the actual presentation or performance.When given lemons, making lemonade is certainly simplistic, but most people who are successful have had to become adept at taking some perceived challenge and using it as an opportunity for benefit, value and profit.

Each of these steps, when applied, provides opportunity, challenge, impact and benefit. With these steps in mind, it is a matter of will to trade in mediocrity for excellence!
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