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Give your best to everything

Excellence is not about what you do but how well you do it, says Chitra Jha

education Updated: Sep 02, 2009, 12:07 IST
Chitra Jha
Chitra Jha
Hindustan Times

No matter what you do in life, doing it to the best of your abilities brings great rewards. Making a commitment to personal excellence ensures a life full of success, passion, and fulfillment.

Why is excellence so important? It is a well-known fact that the results that we get are always in direct proportion to the quality of our actions. If we put in half-hearted actions, we achieve minimal results. If we give our absolute best, we achieve miracles.

The concept of excellence can be applied to any area of our life, be it our health, wealth, career, or relationships.

Sometimes we do just a ‘good enough’ job and call it our best effort. Who are we fooling by doing that? We are only fooling ourselves. We can get good results by putting in a ‘good enough’ effort, but we get excellent results only by achieving excellence in our work. One question that I often ask myself is, “Am I willing to settle for ‘good enough’?” At times I am, but most of the times I am not. Especially when it comes to my life, and my career, I am not willing to settle for anything that is not excellent.

In my experience, people do not give their best, because deep down they feel that they are not capable of doing so. What about you? Do you think that if a task requires effort, it is not worth doing? Do you avoid working any harder than you have to? Do you think that great success is only reserved for the truly gifted or very lucky? Research shows that any average person is capable of achieving at least 20 times more than what they do. Do you believe in this statement? Are you capable of achieving more than you have done so far? The moment you are willing to consider that you are capable of more; you have the right mindset to change your life for the better.

Be honest and take a good look at what you have accomplished so far. Are there any areas where you could have done better?
If you want to achieve excellence in life, the first step is to acknowledge and accept that your present circumstances reflect the quality and quantity of actions that you have taken so far in your life. You may feel uncomfortable acknowledging it because it effectively means that you are the cause of your stunted growth. However, unless you know where you are and why you are there, you cannot make further progress.

Do not judge yourself for your progress or for the lack of it so far. Berating yourself does not help your situation in any way. Tell yourself that you did the best you could with the knowledge you had, and promise yourself to aim for excellence. After all excellence is not about what you do but how you do it!The author is a life skills coach, time-line therapist, and new consciousness writer. She can be contacted at

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