“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”
–Thomas J. Watson
It’s really easy to coast. To do just enough to get you by. And just enough might be just enough for awhile. But eventually, just enough becomes not enough, and you’re forced to expend substantially more effort to arrive at where the next level of just enough is. You can see this in the way you move. If you aren’t driving yourself to excellence every step of the way, you’ll find that eventually your ability to move well becomes debilitated. In Progress, Don’t Regress, I wrote:
When you exist with the mindset of “enough,” at least in terms of movement, you’ll find yourself falling apart fast. You don’t stop moving because you get old, you get old because you stop moving.
Knowing that enough isn’t enough means that you know you must do better. And you can. It starts with performing at the highest level of excellence you are capable of in everything you do. In other words, it takes fucking work. Push yourself beyond enough, and do it consistently. And learn to love it. Overtime, you’ll develop the ability to simply perform at your highest level of excellence automatically. But, again, it takes work.
So do the work.
Be excellent. Be excellent in your home. Be excellent at your job. Be excellent on your mat. Be excellent right now.
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