Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Achieving Excellence


I'm not aiming to be on top but at least to excel on what I do best. We want that - success!

There are times we fail. There are times we nearly give up when everything fall out of place. Yest it's hard if you let yourself stuck in the shadow. REACH OUT!

"It's possible to build any given skill or capacity in the same systematic way we do a muscle: push part your comfort zone, and then rest."

If you want to be really good at something, it's going to involve relentlessly pushing past your comfort zone, as well as frustration, struggle, setbacks and failures. That's true as long as you want to continue to improve, or even maintain a high level of excellence. The reward is that being really good at something you've earned through your own hard work can be immensely satisfying.

Here, then, are the six keys to achieving excellence that you might want to consider:

1. Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.

2. Do the hardest work first. We all move instinctively toward pleasure and away from pain. Most great performers, Ericsson and others have found, delay gratification and take on the difficult work of practice in the mornings, before they do anything else. That's when most of us have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

3. Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break. Ninety minutes appears to be the maximum amount of time that we can bring the highest level of focus to any given activity. The evidence is equally strong that great performers practice no more than 4 ½ hours a day.

4. Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses. The simpler and more precise the feedback, the more equipped you are to make adjustments. Too much feedback, too continuously can create cognitive overload, increase anxiety, and interfere with learning.

5. Take regular renewal breaks. Relaxing after intense effort not only provides an opportunity to rejuvenate, but also to metabolize and embed learning. It's also during rest that the right hemisphere becomes more dominant, which can lead to creative breakthroughs.

6. Ritualize practice. Will and discipline are wildly overrated. As the researcher Roy Baumeister has found, none of us have very much of it. The best way to insure you'll take on difficult tasks is to build rituals -- specific, inviolable times at which you do them, so that over time you do them without having to squander energy thinking about them.



HappyVic said...

true...excellence is in all of us. :) we just have to know exactly how to develop them so we can utilize them to their maximum capacity... :)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

very nice post...akala ko ikaw ang nasa pic....

kim said...

very inspiring! i guess most of us want to cross the line from mediocrity to excellent. thanks for sharing..

^_^ wReY and R0bbY said...

Wow! this is timely! Kailangan ko ito ngayon! Salamat sa pag-share! ヅ

P.S. You may want to visit our blog and we'd love it more if we follow each other! ヅ


keatondrunk said...

@happyvic: nice, thanks for the visit.

@arvin: hehe ang saya sana nun..

@kim: aim high! thx kim

@reynbobby: sure ill visit back, hope youre doing good

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