Commitment to Excellence

Are you Committed to Excellence?

Even if you have heard of the term ‘committed to excellence’, do you fully understand what it means?

The following quote is from Aristotle and defines what excellence is:

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Immediately you can see that excellence is a habit, and any habit can be formed. The best way to create a new habit is by setting yourself new goals and creating a plan of attack. Let’s see how you can do this.

First you want to define your reasons, or why, for wanting to commit to excellence. Does this pertain to your business, your family life or for some other reason? If it helps write down your reasons and your why for wanting to achieve this.

If your goal is to be committed to excellence for your business there are some simple actionable steps that you can put into place. If your business consists of clients, then get into the habit of demanding more from yourself than they do of you.

You can easily please your clients by doing any of the following:

· Giving more value · Over delivering · Finishing the work ahead of schedule · Adding in a bonus

Another way to improve your business through excellence is by portraying a professional image. Is your website, logo, brochure information, business cards etc all up to date and modern looking? If not this is one simple area to improve upon.

Customer service is another area where you can offer excellence. Make sure you have a great customer service center, whether online or offline. It is very easy to set up online help desks today. You can even create one using Google+ Hangouts.

By delivering quality customer service to your clients and your customers you can easily provide excellence. Always respond to tickets in a timely fashion and never get angry at the customer, regardless of the situation.

If you want to excel in your life then you can start by attempting to put forth the best effort you can. If you do this consistently you will have that air of excellence surrounding you. This will rub off on other people and they will begin to view you in a different light.

Are You Truly Committed to Excellence with Your Business?

The best way to really commit to following a path of excellence is by having a good mindset. Once this is in place it will be much easier to focus on actually committing to excellence.

Can you truthfully say that you strive to do your best every day? If you run an online business, do you put out excellent products? Or do you just try and put out a product that will generate lots of sales quickly? What about customer support, do you even have a customer support system in place?

We are not asking you to be perfect, that is not feasible, but we are suggesting that you are accountable for your actions. This is how you commit to excellence.

The problem with running an online business is that it is so easy to hide behind your website. You don’t have a physical storefront so you don’t see your customers in person. Everything is run behind the scenes so to speak.

Keeping this in mind then, you do have choices for how to commit to excellence with your business. These choices do matter, immensely.

Instead of just hashing out quick money making products, you want to start focusing on how you can add value to your products. What can you do to help your customers use your products?

This even applies to products that you might promote as an affiliate. Are you promoting products just to make quick cash? Or are you recommending quality items and tools that you know your customers can actually use? There is a big difference.

Any product that you promote should be high quality and be useful to your customers. It’s even better if you actually use this product yourself. This shows integrity and sincerity to your list of customers.

If you want to excel with your business then quality really does count. This should apply to your own products and those that you promote. It should also apply to the way you market your business online.

The business image you portray online is going to define the perception of excellence people see you from. If you run engaging social media campaigns and are seen in various places interacting, this makes you look open and approachable.

Instead of trying to do a million things for your business. Stop, and focus on one activity at a time. Then while doing this activity focus all of your energy and passion into it. This is the easiest way to develop excellence in your business.

Be Excellent by Taking Ownership

Are you trying to lead a life where you are committed to displaying excellence in everything that you do? This is a wonderful way to lead your life. One way to reach this point is by taking ownership and responsibility for all of your actions.

Once you ‘own’ your choices and accept the consequences you will be viewed as a person who can be respected. Other people will see you as someone who can be counted on, and this is a huge trait to own.

The easiest way to display ownership is by not making excuses. If you were late for an appointment don’t come up with a ridiculous excuse. Tell the other person why you were late, apologize for not calling to let them know.

It really is so easy to blame outside influences for your mistakes or oversights. While no-one can control one hundred percent of what happens, you can control how you respond to certain situations. This reaction can completely change your life.

Examples of things you can take ownership for include your relationships, your education, your fitness and your social life. As you start to take ownership you will find that you feel more confident and have a purpose in life. Along with ownership you need to learn how to be flexible. Are you currently willing to do things differently? This means not being stubborn when something isn’t working. Take advice and attempt to change what you are doing. If you do you will begin to excel at more tasks and this helps increase your confidence and self-esteem.

Becoming a flexible person means that you are happy to respond to a situation in a different way. When you are flexible you are not rigid and set in your ways. This brings us to another important factor in the quest to committing to excellence with everything you do. This is the step of adding balance to your life.

When you live a balanced life you are focusing on those things that hold meaning to you. At the same time, though, you are still mindful of those around you. You make choices that are related to the way you feel and what you are thinking. Balancing your life entails knowing when you have to not go out with friends so you can finish up an important project. You recognize the importance of staying healthy and fit and act accordingly. When you combine taking ownership, being flexible, and balance, into your life you will be well on your way to leading a life where you are committed to excellence.

Sam Olliver·
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