We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
– Will Durant
Meaning of this quote:
It is our choices, thoughts, and perceptions that define our lives. Our lives are a reflection of what we do and, more importantly, how we do it.
Excellence is never an accident, It isn’t an act either; excellence is doing things again and again by forming a healthy habit.
Motivation doesn’t last forever; everyone gets demotivated at some point in their lives, and that’s where purpose and habit come in to keep us on track. Losing track is a real possibility when there are no clear objectives, no purpose, and no productive habits.
There is no secret formula or recipe to achieve excellence. There is also no one-step process either. Doing the thing over and over again without losing enthusiasm and the ability to be better with each step is what drives one closer to excellence.
Excellent is not an act; it’s the process
There is one great quote by Confucius: “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
Having a great habit is what sets us apart from the rest, whilst a bad habit can inhibit anyone from achieving their goal. Excellence is all about forming or acquiring habits that can potentially keep everything in motion even when one is not motivated enough to do those things.
Motivation or desire can be a great starting point; that’s what motivates someone to start something new; in the long run, it takes momentum to keep going, and habits are what keep you moving.
And the great way to form a new habit is to keep doing it again and again. It does not matter if you fail or succeed; just keep doing it. Remember, you can always learn from your failures or mistakes and take another chance, but giving up is the surest way to lose it all in one go.
It’s the small and continuous efforts and willingness to keep improving with each step that leads us toward excellence. Not everyone loves to engage in this process because this process takes pure hard work and dedication.
Nothing is more powerful than consistency and perseverance.
Hard work alone is not going to make magic happen; it’s the continuous act of hard work and that too in the correct direction that does all the wonders. It’s the purpose and clear objectives that define the correct direction; with lack of it, anything could look pointless.
Excellence is a continuous process; It’s the never-ending process that keeps evolving along with the one who follows it. Excellence is an act of doing things in a way better than being done before, and that too in a continuous manner.
Putting in hard work today, but then letting it slide the next few days of the week is not the best way to pursue greatness. Only consistent steps can bring consistent results. The quick and easy tricks don’t really do well in the long run.
Dedication and discipline are what it takes. One forms a new habit or routine by doing things in a repetitive and consistent manner. Once you form a new good habit, you become habitual to do those things, and this is how one can make themselves distinct from others.
In order to lose bad habits, do something every day that can help you form a good habit. Don’t let bad habits prevent you from meeting your goals; take a good look at yourself, pinpoint the bad habits that stop you from getting your work done, and try to get rid of them.
Your bad habits should never be allowed to hold you back; replace them immediately with the good ones, because, ultimately, it’s your own actions that determine the outcome.
Perseverance and hard work are the keys to unlocking anyone’s true potential.
Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
– Ralph Marston