This past year I have been taking a deep dive into the mechanics of excellence.  The insights I’ve gained have become integral to my personal success.  One of the key components of any successful endeavor is the ability to focus on excellence.

Excellence is not perfection.  Perfection is ideal. It is rigid, unyeilding. Excellence is unique…to you. It will change with each day that you wake up on this side of the grass.

Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, said that excellence is putting everything you’ve got into everything you do.  Simple. Clean. Precise. 

Excellence is what excellence does.

Excellence guarantees an excellent return because you are working with excellent criteria. Learn this skill and you will be excellent.

I love what Tony Robbins shares – the purpose of your goal is not found in its achievement, but in the person you become by achieving it.  This is because every step of the way you have given it your most excellent effort. 

Keep offering every experience your excellence.  Why? Because excellence transforms not-so-good to good.  Excellence then builds on good.  Keep offering it your excellence to make it great.

Focus on the feeling you get from acting with excellence.  It’s the feeling of ownership, of authentic pride, the nobility you feel when you are acting with excellence in mind, and the confidence you feel as a result of your excellence. 

Ownership! Authentic pride! Nobility! Confidence!

Celebrate the feelings that your focus on excellence brings with it by sharing them.  Sharing them allows you to keep feeling them. 

As the results keep flowing, each accomplishment offers you a reward – enhanced resourcefulness

Irrespective of whether the experience is good or not-so-good, make this is the benefit of your experience.

Now, engage your creative ability to adapt and innovate and apply this resourcefulness to other challenges and opportunities as they arise.  Challenge and opportunity are two sides of the same coin.  Every opportunity will offer you a challenge – if it doesn’t energize you and freak you out a little bit (or a lot), it’s the same old same old, and probably not worth your effort.  You’ve been there, done that.  It’s comfortable, old news.

Is revisiting what you’ve already done a worthy application for your excellence today?

Your personal power is engaged now, right?  What will be your focus today?  This is your choice. 

Choice is a power move.  

Use it in your own service by choosing to be excellent in every interaction today. 


  • Each morning, set the intention to give each encounter your excellence.

Ask yourself these two questions:

Who will have the privilege of receiving my BEST today?

What (or who) can I celebrate today?

  • Practice relentlessly and with discipline.

This next part is vital: 

  • Celebrate every small win, every drop of progress.  This means you will be celebrating constantly.  

Celebration is a power move. 

This is how you create an excellent life.

Excellence is the ultimate power move. 

It is a superb power.  You don’t have to be superhuman to be excellent.  Excellence gives you the ability to be a superb human. 

It’s simple!  Be excellent.

Excellence begins as soon as you do.

ps. You ROCK!

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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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