It is quite coincidental that I have been thinking about this post for a few days based on some specific discussions over the past few weeks and here in Trinidad, but the priest’s sermon today at mass put the finishing touches on my thoughts. He was talking about faith and eternal salvation, but he could have been talking about excellence. Achieving excellence is really quite simple, no magic, no secrets, just a laser focus and simple straightforward commitment. It is simply the choice to be excellent and not settle for less. No excuses, no dwelling on the obstacles, those that achieve excellence focus on solutions. Have you ever observed how it is the also ran’s and those in the middle of the pack that are always talking about winning, how hard it is and how hard they work. Ultimately they will have some lame excuse for their mediocrity. Those who are excellent the champions and champions in the making just seem to get it done. No facilities, no problem they get it done. No funding, then they will do it on a dime. No support team, no physio, no recovery center they will improvise.
Achieving excellence is a process. The process is not easy, there are obstacles, setbacks and mistakes, but each of those obstacles presents an opportunity to grow, learn and be better. The bottom line here is to stop talking and start doing. Keep it lean and simple and the results will come. Remember the old clichÃ©- “If it is meant to be it is up to me.” Be the master of your own fate, define yourself and what and how do it and you have a chance to achieve competitive excellence. As I have said many times, many are called and few chose. Make the choice to be the best you can be!