An old boss of mine used to ask his team, Who’s driving the bus? He was asking us, Who is responsible for making things happen, and who is responsible for the way things turn out?

What if each time you declare what’s wrong with the situation you are placing an obstacle in your own way? An obstacle that is holding you back from transcending it?

It’s like you are driving a bus with one foot on the accellerator pedal and one foot on the brake. If you’ve ever driven with someone who does this you know what I mean…

Every moment you spend focusing on what you don’t want – complaining, whining, arguing, or debating – is a moment of lost opportunity.

Today is an excellent day!

Why? Because I say it is.

Excellent! Use this word liberally. Toss it around with generosity. Share it willy-nilly.

That is an excellent idea!

What an excellent view!

Excellent! Let’s do it!

This is an excellent meal!

It was an excellent meeting!

It’s an excellent opportunity!

Does the language with which you choose to describe your personal experiences matter that much? I invite you to try it today and see for yourself.

It works like this:

In order to declare something is excellent, you must discover the excellence in it. To experience an excellent day, you must be willing to interpret your results with excellence in mind…and declare it.

Step 1. Create it with excellence.

Step 2. Share it when it’s satisfyingly close, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Excellence is not perfection. Perfection is an ideal. Excellence is your unique creation.

Step 3. Release your excellent creation to the Cosmos – the realm of excellent possibilities.

Step 4. Be ready to accept and celebrate excellence, by anticipating and accepting nothing less than an excellent return.

Why? Because you say it is.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be excellent. It is your responsibility to discover the excellence embedded in every return.

Something created with excellence will naturally offer you an excellent return.

Consider your personal vernacular. What is your habitual response to a challenge or an opportunity? How do you describe it?

What are your personal go-to declarations that block you from celebrating excellence in your life?

What words can you swap out…or override…with excellence?

Excellence, like its opposite, is achieved one step…one declaration…at a time.

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Check out An Elegant Mind’s Handbook for more deep-dive ideas. And here’s
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Published by Paula D. Tozer

I am a writer, poet and singer/songwriter. I am a Toastmaster, motivational speaker, personal creativity coach, and workshop leader. My most sincere wish is to share my words with others, and that we both benefit from the exchange.

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