Ok so check out this quote. I’m actually not sure who said it:
“Excellence is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”
My favorite part is the last where it says “the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”
For the longest time, I’ve always felt like any obstacle was a chance to turn it around, a chance to strive for excellence in the face of adversity.
High Intention and Opportunity
Most of you know I use sports analogies a lot when I talk. When I played football in high school and college, I remember specific moments where we would be losing a game by a lot of points and I would think, “this is going to be the greatest comeback ever and we’re going to win.”
When you have a high intention, sincere effort is possible because there is a vision, an end goal. With a low intention, the effort will be like walking in mud and it will be un-inspired and totally aimless.
In my above example of a football team trailing by many points, the intention is nothing without a plan, an intelligent plan.
Having an Intelligent Plan
The questions must be asked: “What is the strategy? What kind of resources can I use? Who can help me make this happen?”
Of course in this example, it would be bringing the team together with a group intention that is high along with a plan.
Once you have the plan, what’s next?
Execute and Strive for Excellence
One of my favorite words in the dictionary is this one: EXECUTE
Nothing can happen without putting your skill set or the team skill set together and executing it at full force.
Michael Jordan once said: “Practicing the wrong thing eight hours a day only makes you excellent at doing the wrong thing.”
Having the discipline to practice with excellence will, no doubt, move you closer to skillful execution.
All of these steps when put together will take you or anyone from mediocrity to excellence. Whether it’s sports, business or personal, we should all strive for excellence.
But always remember, the first domino to fall is “high intention”… Just make sure the dominoes that follow are properly lined up… lined up for excellence.
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