Excellence and Accountability

Hold Yourself Accountable

In the pursuit of excellence, one thing that must be present is accountability.  But, not accountability to others, accountability to yourself.  I know it sounds cliche’, but when you look at the best of the best at anything, it’s what they do.

The top performers in any arena have people around them who will hold them accountable.  But when it really comes down to separating themselves from the pack, it’s what they do when those people are not around that makes them great.  When they’re tired and don’t want to do what should or needs to be done.  When no one would fault them for easing up, taking a break, or skipping it this one time, they find a way to keep pushing and do it to the standard they have set for themselves when they weren’t tired.

Why?  Because if someone else in your life wants “it” more than you do, then the “it” is never going to happen.  One of my virtual mentors, Craig Ballantyne  says that if you want to really succeed then you need to be accountable to someone you deeply do not want to disappoint.  I agree.  I just believe that person should be yourself.  If you let someone else down it’s a bit easier to digest than if you let yourself down.  Nothing makes us beat ourselves up more than when we let ourselves down.

How it Applies to Excellence

My favorite definition of excellence is “the consistent, persistent pursuit of your best possible self”.  While the input and motivation of others is an important factor in achieving personal excellence as is the humility to use it to make ourselves better, there is one thing we often miss; if you’re always striving to be better, you never really achieve it.  Notice that it’s consistent and persistent.  Meaning it never ceases.  Eventually the outside voices will quiet and when they do, what will you do?  Will you stop?  Will you relent? Will you accept what you’ve done so far is “good enough”?  You can.  But if you do, if you embrace “good enough”, you immediately let go of excellence.  You immediately lose possession of the best possible version of you.  Which is why self-accountability is the most important.

Holding yourself accountable is the only way to constantly continue on the pursuit of excellence.  It’s the only way to do what should and needs to be done when no one else will see it get done.  When there is no one there to cheer you on.  When there is no one there to remind you that you committed to it.  When there is no one there to make sure, not only that you do what you said you would do, but that you do it to the highest standard.

True excellence is found in the dark hours, when no one is around, and you’re doing the things you said you would do, to the highest of standards.  Are you willing to do that, or will you settle for good enough?

I for one am going on pursuit.  I hope you’ll join me.

Until next week; God bless, work hard, and be Excellent!
-Coach B

Hold Yourself Accountable

In the pursuit of excellence, one thing that must be present is accountability.  But, not accountability to others, accountability to yourself.  I know it sounds cliche’, but when you look at the best of the best at anything, it’s what they do.

The top performers in any arena have people around them who will hold them accountable.  But when it really comes down to separating themselves from the pack, it’s what they do when those people are not around that makes them great.  When they’re tired and don’t want to do what should or needs to be done.  When no one would fault them for easing up, taking a break, or skipping it this one time, they find a way to keep pushing and do it to the standard they have set for themselves when they weren’t tired.

Why?  Because if someone else in your life wants “it” more than you do, then the “it” is never going to happen.  One of my virtual mentors, Craig Ballantyne  says that if you want to really succeed then you need to be accountable to someone you deeply do not want to disappoint.  I agree.  I just believe that person should be yourself.  If you let someone else down it’s a bit easier to digest than if you let yourself down.  Nothing makes us beat ourselves up more than we let ourselves down.

How it Applies to Excellence

My favorite definition of excellence is “the consistent, persistent pursuit of your best possible self”.  While the input and motivation of others is an important factor in achieving personal excellence as is the humility to use it to make ourselves better, there is one thing we often miss; if you’re always striving to be better, you never really achieve it.  Notice that it’s consistent and persistent.  Meaning it never ceases.  Eventually the outside voices will quiet and when they do, what will you do?  Will you stop?  Will you relent? Will you accept what you’ve done so far as “good enough”?  You can.  But if you do, if you embrace “good enough” you immediately let go of excellence.  You immediately lose possession of the best possible version of you.  Which is why self-accountability is the most important.

Holding yourself accountable is the only way to constantly continue on the pursuit of excellence.  It’s the only way to do what should and needs to be done when no one else will see it get done.  When there is no one there to cheer you on.  When there is no one there to remind you that you committed to it.  When there is no one there to make sure, not only that you do what you said you would do, but that you do it to the highest standard.

True excellence is found in the dark hours, when no one is around, and you’re doing the things you said you would do, to the highest of standards.  Are you willing to do that, or will you settle for good enough?

I for one am going on pursuit.  I hope you’ll join me.

Until next week; God bless, work hard, and be Excellent!
-Coach B

Hold Yourself Accountable

In the pursuit of excellence, one thing that must be present is accountability.  But, not accountability to others, accountability to yourself.  I know it sounds cliche’, but when you look at the best of the best at anything, it’s what they do.

The top performers in any arena have people around them who will hold them accountable.  But when it really comes down to separating themselves from the pack, it’s what they do when those people are not around that makes them great.  When they’re tired and don’t want to do what should or needs to be done.  When no one would fault them for easing up, taking a break, or skipping it this one time, they find a way to keep pushing and do it to the standard they have set for themselves when they weren’t tired.

Why?  Because if someone else in your life wants “it” more than you do, then the “it” is never going to happen.  One of my virtual mentors, Craig Ballantyne  says that if you want to really succeed then you need to be accountable to someone you deeply do not want to disappoint.  I agree.  I just believe that person should be yourself.  If you let someone else down it’s a bit easier to digest than if you let yourself down.  Nothing makes us beat ourselves up more than we let ourselves down.

How it Applies to Excellence

My favorite definition of excellence is “the consistent, persistent pursuit of your best possible self”.  While the input and motivation of others is an important factor in achieving personal excellence as is the humility to use it to make ourselves better, there is one thing we often miss; if you’re always striving to be better, you never really achieve it.  Notice that it’s consistent and persistent.  Meaning it never ceases.  Eventually the outside voices will quiet and when they do, what will you do?  Will you stop?  Will you relent? Will you accept what you’ve done so far as “good enough”?  You can.  But if you do, if you embrace “good enough” you immediately let go of excellence.  You immediately lose possession of the best possible version of you.  Which is why self-accountability is the most important.

Holding yourself accountable is the only way to constantly continue on the pursuit of excellence.  It’s the only way to do what should and needs to be done when no one else will see it get done.  When there is no one there to cheer you on.  When there is no one there to remind you that you committed to it.  When there is no one there to make sure, not only that you do what you said you would do, but that you do it to the highest standard.

True excellence is found in the dark hours, when no one is around, and you’re doing the things you said you would do, to the highest of standards.  Are you willing to do that, or will you settle for good enough?

I for one am going on pursuit.  I hope you’ll join me.

Until next week; God bless, work hard, and be Excellent!
-Coach B

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