Over the past few weeks I have been doing a good bit of reading, thinking, and note-taking on the USAF’s Core Values of integrity, excellence, and service, and thought it time to actually try to come up with something worthy of writing and then I came across a couple thoughts while reading a Bible study.
It is a basic premise that leaders should always pursue excellence. Leaders lead our organizations, our families, our businesses, our classrooms, and our lives; striving for the best— striving for excellence.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” Whatever our role, our position, our organization, or our lot in life, we should strive for excellence. I know—easier said than done. Our measure of success should not be attached to a particular rank, position, career, or earnings but on our character and what we give to others or to our chosen field. This attitude takes practice, and at times goes against our very nature, but are we seeking to be status quo or heroic leaders?
1.the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
Excellence does not mean being the best, but being our best. Understanding that variation is huge. Excellence is being better than we were yesterday. Excellence means matching our practice with our potential.
Some people have fame thrust upon them, but very few have excellence thrust upon them. Excellence is achieved. What will we do to have people say, like they said of Jesus, “Everything he does is wonderful”?
They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.” –Mark 7:37, NLT