If you are striving to lead a life where you excel in everything you do, there are certain keys to help achieve this. You want to remember though, that while you can commit to excellence, nobody is perfect. The following are key steps you can put into action to help you excel in all areas of your life.
Integrity - when you display integrity you are demonstrating your personal values by everything that you do and say. This is a testament to character and trustworthiness.
If you want to display integrity, then you have to do what you say. This means being mindful of your words. Never say one thing and then do something completely different. If you can’t produce what you’ve said, then take responsibility for it and do what you can to resolve the issue. People will begin to trust and respect you and this helps build fantastic relationships.
Learn From Mistakes - to do this key step successfully you need to look at your failures from a different viewpoint. Start looking at your failures as something that you can learn and grow from. What wisdom can you glean? This key to excellence is not easy for many because negativity is a comfortable emotion for many.
All this really means is that you have to stop thinking of failures as negative things. While a negative outcome may result, you can gain value from the experience. Don't put yourself down if you happen to fail at something, decide to grow from it with new knowledge, strategies, tools, etc.
The next time you fail, look at the steps you took and see what you could have changed to have turned this into a success. As long as you learn something from your failure, then you have truly not failed at all.
Thinking Before You Speak - how many times have you spoken before you thought about what you were saying? Probably too many times, and you have regretted your quick response. Spoken words are full of different meanings and could become ones that you regret for the rest of your life.
Always consider what you are going to say to someone, especially in a stressful situation. Be mindful of what another person may be going through. It can help to place yourself in their shoes for a minute and look at the situation from a different point of view.
When you think before you speak you will realize if your words will help build the person up or put them down. While it never hurts to give words of advice or counsel, do it in a way that doesn't offend. Always speak to others with good intentions in mind. This will help you build a healthy relationship with them. You will also earn their respect and trust, and this is very important in building a reputation of a person of excellence. This is a great key to excellence!