Practice and be Excellent

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Will Durant summarized Aristotle’s philosophy on excellence by saying, and I am paraphrasing, you are what you do, so excellence is a habit. There is a lot of wisdom in this statement.

Those who are truly great at anything make it look effortless. Michael Jordan’s skills on the basketball court were almost always graceful and perfect. Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma¬† coax sounds from their instruments that can invoke tears in the listener. Zig Ziglar could walk on stage and convince an audience of thousands of anything he wanted. Did Michael, Itzhak, Yo Yo, and Zig simply begin at the top? No. All top performers got where they are through repetition and honing of their skills. Practice.

To be great at what you do takes practice. Do you practice?

Think about any skill you have; how did you develop that skill? It was through practice.

So, how do you obtain excellence? Through practice.  Excellence should be your goal. Do not expect to always BE excellent. Expect shortfalls. But, do expect to move toward excellence. Review your days, your encounters with others, your movement toward your goals. Becoming good at what you do takes incremental improvement. It takes change and growth. It takes practice.

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