“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street-sweeper who did his job well.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s one of the greatest quotes I have ever read. I have goosebumps every time I read it. I am very proud of myself to have this included in my article.
After reading the quote you know where the article is heading. I would like to mention it myself too. It is heading towards excellence. To make you understand the vital power of excellence.
We all work hard in achieving our goals. The path is tough, full of obstacles and thorns. We tend to loosen our feet or run too fast so that we could avoid the obstacles or achieve the goals faster.
We all get success at some point or the other. The fruit of success is not as fruitful as the thought of the success we had.
Not only our goals and dreams, but this happens in our daily lives. There is a lack of contentment from the work we do. Most of us work just to live our lives. There is no pleasure or happiness that we get from our works. We do not do our best, instead just finish the job. Many compete to be in our position, but we are given an opportunity. So, just doing it does not bring any benefit to ourselves as we are just squeezing the work out of our life. It does not benefit the company too, as there are millions who could do the same job as ours. What if you do it better than you do? You get better results. You get better recognition and you will be the upper hand.
We have been told to be at our excellence at whatever we do. Parents, teachers, philosophers, friends, movies, books and other sources have shown us the power of excellence at some point.
Then why don’t we do it? Why do we waste our time in doing something just for the sake of doing? Can you think of a reason? To better put it, think of the reasons.
Take a note of all the reasons that come to your mind. Once you are done, read it out loud.
They are all merely reasons. Most of them are all excuses that you tell yourself everyday. Am I correct?
At the base, all the excuses and reasons fall into the same box. In simple words, they are the ones that stop us from being great at whatever we do!
The simple things that we fail to achieve are the same things that could be used to enhance our excellence.
Time is the major factor in almost everything that we do in our life. Most of us complain that we do not do things in an excellent for lack of time.
That is not true. With few exceptional cases, we have proper enough time to do better. We start our work, we schedule or just work within a time free or sometimes we do it at our ease. We have time, the reason we feel that the work is more than the time is because we waste our time in doing other things along with our work.
That is the time when we fail to give our excellence. Think about it. Do your work in the time that you need to do it. You have other things that come up in your mind. Schedule it for the time and do it once you are done with your work. That would be beneficial.
Practicing this would keep the flow of your interests. You will be able to do it better.
Distractions are common. We all work and get little tired and checking out something or doing something to cool our mind is a good thing. When these things move us from our main work, that is a distraction and too dangerous.
When we are distracted we often lose our focus and time. It then takes little longer for us to get back to what we are doing. There are many distractions that we go through when we work. Social media, chit chatting, TV, environments and even our thoughts distract us from ourselves.
It is not worthy to waste your time more that is taking you away from the priority.The best thing to do in this case is to avoid things that can distract you. You may say that you want a break in the middle of your work so that you do not over stress yourself. In that case, you may take things that are in the line of work or something that will not keep you away from your work longer.
Walking is one of the best thing to do to avoid distractions. It clears our head and also boosts our brain.
Have snacks, juice or any preferred light foods.
Talk to someone who would enhance your thinking.
Understand or imagine your thoughts.
These things will help you relax and energize your brain. You will stay focused and concentrated.
Thinking that it is enough
We do work. But sometimes we think that the work job or work that we are doing is not good enough. Knowing that it in the very beginning and starting what you like is a good thing. You start something, wherein the results is what you want. But the path might have obstacles.
All these thoughts pop up in our mind. But stopping something in the middle or taking it easy would waste your time and energy. Think of it. If you start something and if you are doing with excellence you will learn and understand. Doing that will increase your willpower. Not only that, you will be able to choose your work better in the future keeping you determined and focused.
One thing that you should understand is stopping something in the middle will take you nowhere. You have to do what you have started, but do it with keen interest and determination.
Low confidence or Overconfidence
Confidence is the best thing one could have. Being confident in whatever you do will help you do better. Having lower or overconfidence would take you the exact opposite way.
If the confidence levels are low we are scared and become stressed. It stops us from giving out our best.
Overconfidence does harm you the same way. When we are overconfident of the skills or your performance, we tend to delay or loose our focus and concentrations. When we do this, our works are not at our best.
Confidence is like cutting through during an operation. Overconfidence cuts deeper and low confidence does not cut at all. So, both are dangerous.
Have confidence and you will work better.
Not understanding the work
You start something and you know what you are doing. Sometimes, you do not understand the work either in the beginning or in the middle of something. When you do not understand the work, the work gets either boring or tough. That keeps you away from the better performance.
It is always better to approach someone in case if you do not understand things. Clear your mind and that will boost help you work at your excellence.
Thinking about the future
We all think about the future. The thoughts and ideas always please. Thinking too much about the future and the results would make us want to reach fast and hurriedly. When we are in a hurry, our work also seems the same. It misses the touch of our excellence. When in hurry, we leave the little things that brush our work. Even the part, the size of a sand dust also plays a major role.
Never be in hurry, think of the future and the results it will keep you energized. Thinking too much of the future is also a distraction and stops you from giving out your excellence.
Excellence is an act of functioning at the optimum levels with utmost interests. Interest plays a major role. You might work hard, but if the work is not interesting or if you are not interested in work, the results resemble your work.
The work would not be that interesting or best. When you are interested and put that in the work, you always try to do it better and the results are always excellence.
Dedication is as important as the work itself. The work needs dedication. When you are dedicated to the work, you become a devotee. Devotee’s main purpose is to serve the deity or the idol. When you give your work the position of the ultimate, the result would be the best of you.
Respect and punctuality
Respect and punctuality polish your minute works in detailed and refreshing manner. Without punctuality, the work goes from one direction to the other. This results in wasting the time and losing the interest. The same goes with respect. When you respect your work, you give prioritize the work. You put it in a top level and give it all the importance it needs.
At the end, punctuality and respect give you and your work the importance it needs.
Stay focused and concentrated on your work. When you start your work have focus and concentration that acts a refreshment to the work. As the work progress, few things in the work might not be what you expected or wanted. When these things come up, the focus and concentration tend to go down a bit. This will stop your mind from giving the best it could can and diverting from your main goal. We do lose focus and concentration on our works. The best thing to do in that case is to understand the importance of the work. Knowing that the work is more important than the diversions or obstacles or any other things. It is similar to distraction, but has factors where you need to put in efforts.
The work is not always relaxing. We get tired and stressed either it is physical or mental. As stress brings out many factors that are mentioned earlier. It is very much to relax. When in stress, it reflects on the work and gives a lot of negative impacts.
Keep yourself relaxed and stress-free. Meditation and naps are one of the best things to relax.
Motivation plays a major role in keeping yourself uplifted and energized all the time.
A motivated mind keeps you floated off the obstacles and thorns in the way, Without motivation, the work feels dull and sometimes makes us lose the interests in the work.
There are many ways to keep yourself motivated. One thing that could be done is to know the importance of your work and the benefits that it could bring to you and the world.
Another thing is to keep your idols or favorite things and keep the dream or idea of your work in your mind. It surely boosts up your work.
The above-discussed things are common. We already have all things in us to overcome the negative factors. It just needs a little nurturing.
Think about the way these things could change your life.