In our last post, I reviewed the book "A Life of Excellence" by Richard E. Simmons. Today I want to share a quote from the book and discuss how the concept of excellence can help you on your journey towards a Full Life.
At the very beginning of his book, the author shares a quote from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi who is credited with saying, "The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence."
Now if you're not familiar with Coach Lombardi, he was an iconic American football coach who was known for being tough and demanding. He is considered by many to be the best football coach who's ever lived, and he's certainly on the short list of greatest coaches in American sports history. His commitment to excellence and his ability to lead and motivate resulted in multiple championships and ultimately landed him in the Hall of Fame.
Whether or not you like quotes, you've probably familiar with several attributed to him, such as "Winners never quit and quitters never win." Or how about, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Have you ever heard the saying, "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary?" Another one I like is, "Perfection is unattainable, but if we chase perfection we might just catch excellence."
I mention all of these not only because I like them, but they tell you a lot about the man who is credited with saying them. He clearly believed that life is meant to be lived working toward excellence, not settling for what life throws at you, but rather working to be the best you can be no matter what your chosen profession is.
There are a lot, and I mean a LOT of people in this world who simply float through life doing their best to get through the day or make it to the weekend. They are reactive in nature and they let life act on them, instead of making any significant impact on the world. Statistics show that very few people actually set goals and put together a plan to achieve them, so is it really any surprise that so few people are living a Full Life?
According to Coach Lombardi, the quality of your life is in direct proportion to your commitment to excellence. Do you want to live a quality life, a Full Life, a life of purpose that makes an IMPACT on others? If so, congratulations. The first step is making that decision. The second step is making a commitment to yourself to make it happen.
A Full Life doesn't just happen and it doesn't depend on your upbringing either. There are plenty of examples of individuals throughout history that made a significant impact on the world despite humble beginnings. Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr. Now I'm not suggesting that everyone can make the kind of positive impact on the world that these folks did, but I am suggesting that you have the power to make a significant impact on your own world and those around you by committing to excellence.
If you are a bare minimum type of person, I want you to ask yourself, right now: Is the way I'm going about my life getting me the results I truly want? Will I be satisfied at the end of my life with the effort I put in towards living a quality life? Am I doing everything I can, with the talents I've been given, to live a Full Life?
These are tough questions, and most people don't even bother to ask them, but if you truly want to be able to look back and be proud of the life you've lived, you need to take a step back and look at how you're approaching life. Are you committed to excellence, or are you content with just getting by?
Do you wish you had more to show for your efforts? Do you wish you had a better job, better relationships, more friends? Great! What are you doing to make it happen? If the answer is nothing, then you're not committed. And don't be surprised a year from now if your life looks a lot like it does right now.
It drives me crazy when people complain about their current situation and yet do nothing to improve it. Are you just complaining to hear yourself talk or are you hoping that by complaining someone will magically swoop in and instantly make your life better? Are you simply trying to bring down everyone else because you're miserable?
How many people do you know who complain about their job and yet they are doing nothing to improve the situation? They aren't out there looking for better job. They aren't working on their own skills to try and get a promotion. All they're doing really is building a reputation as a complainer. I've never understood why people are so quick to complain and so slow to do anything about it.
If you know deep down that something has to change, you're right. And that something is YOU! Do you feel like the years are flying by? Does every year feel pretty much the same? What is the most impactful thing you accomplished in the past 6 months?
I'm not asking these questions to make you feel bad. I'm trying to inspire you to live a Full Life. If you've been telling yourself that someday you're going to get your life together, I'm sorry to tell you that someday is not a day of the week. Your someday is today! Right now! Make that commitment to stepping up your game and improving your life.
You are capable of so much more. You have the potential to make an IMPACT and lead a Full Life. All that's missing is a commitment to excellence. And if you make that commitment today, the quality of your life will improve almost immediately. Please believe me when I tell you this.
The alternative is to keep doing what you're doing and continue to get the results you've been getting.
Remember this quote: "The quality of your life is in direct proportion to your commitment to excellence." So make that commitment today and start making an IMPACT so you can lead a Full Life.
Thanks for reading, now go make an impact!
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