Everything you do, do it with excellence. Why? Because details matter, it all matters.
It’s easy to caught up in the frenzy of life and rush about—trying to finish one thing so we can move onto another, so we can get to the next. When did life get so hectic? When our parents or grandparents were growing up, the pace of life seemed much more manageable. Now, there is no downtime. Life happens at a frantic pace causing us to race through things. As a result, we run out of time to cook a proper meal, sit down to enjoy it, spend enough time with loved ones, get all of our work done for the day, clean our house, read for pleasure, really listen to each other or simply take care of ourselves. Rushing, rushing, racing…
There is no time to do it well because there is not enough time in the day. So now what? Slow it down and make some deliberate choices and trade offs. We have say no to the things that will not matter and put our energies into fruitful endeavors—what will give us the most return on our investment.
I know that if I take the time to do something on the front end, I spend less time fixing it on the back end. I have to remind myself that I would rather do it well than have someone correct it. It starts with a mindset to only want to do it well. It always starts small—no typos in texts or emails, writing neatly, making a tight bed, folding clothes precisely, or setting a lovely table. Then, it turns bigger: producing thoughtful work that connects and inspires, being a good friend—you have to be all in and supportive—leaving people a little happier than when you first saw them, being loving and accepting, being respectful and kind, listening intently and being present. I want to do it all with excellence. I don’t succeed every day and then I try again and so can you. The idea is not to be perfect every time, the goal is to strive for better. That is the meaning of excellence—pushing yourself to improve. That’s it.
Leap in unafraid to fail, try harder, be curious and self aware and posses a desire to want more of yourself every time, with everything you do. With that mentality, excellence with come—not in one day, one week, one month, or even a year, but with practice and discipline, it can eventually be yours.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, excellence will come.