In my previous post, we discussed the importance of looking for opportunities for success. You can read that post here. Finding these opportunities is just the first half of the journey on the road to success. If you have identified an opportunity for what you want to accomplish, you must make sure you go about it with a commitment to excellence.
Have you ever been to a really lame party or event? What made it so dull? Was it because of lack of proper planning? Perhaps it was so boring because the planner didn’t pay attention to details. Whatever you think the problem was, could it have been avoided if the planner had a commitment to excellence? “Excellence,” according to Dr. Phil Pringle (author of Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader), “is an attitude. It’s pride in what you do so you look at your output and feel great that you have done the best you can” (74).
As ministers to children and families and messengers of the gospel, it is imperative that we settle for nothing less than our best when we are serving God. Whether you are planning a huge event for your entire community, or planning a Sunday School lesson to teach to a small class of 3-year olds, you should ALWAYS do your best and yearn for excellence in what you do.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)
In his book, Dr. Pringle goes on to say, “Living as unto God means we exert ourselves to be the best, do the best, and achieve the best, simply because it’s for Him. We’re carrying His reputation in our hands” (74).
So what is it that is causing you not to succeed as much as you could? Maybe it is one of these areas:
– Poor time management.
– Priorities out-of-order.
– Feeling of burn out.
– Failing to delegate some responsibility to others.
– Not trying as hard as you could.
– Lack of proper planning/organization.
Can you think of any other reason someone may not be achieving excellence? What has held you back in the past and how did you/will you overcome it? Leave your answers and comments in the comment section below!
Pringle, Phil. (2007). Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader. Tulsa: Harrison House Publishers.