A person of excellence is capable of living a happy and satisfiedlife by following set initiatives that bring about more happiness toeveryone and competency to himself. Human life gravitates towardsliving a fulfilled life that entails finding happiness, love, andplay while working to satisfy individual needs. Excellence is definedas “the state, quality, or condition of excelling… and achievingintrinsic quality in terms of practicing justice and characterbuilding” (Dahlgaard-Park 8). Therefore, Excellence is theattribute that emphasize the capacity to develop an exceptionalindividual ability to attain all interests and aspirations thatpromote satisfaction in life. A person of excellence means anindividual who masters the ability to excel by practicingself-discipline to achieve knowledge and restraint on personalbehaviors to attain personal aspirations and turn ideas into areality. Living a life of excellence would require the development ofpositive behavioral traits like self-assessment, seeking happiness,intellectual knowledge, self-discipline and resilience to implementgoals.
The primary aim of living is to attain ultimate happiness andgoodness. Happiness is a source of motivation for the human being toperform their tasks that ensure progress and continuity. Lack ofhappiness alludes to failure and lack of personal excellence.However, happiness could be short-lived without individualexcellence, “Happiness which is attainable without personalexcellence is either underserved or spurious. Pursue excellence, andhappiness will almost inevitably follow” (Alcott 19). Therefore,personal excellence is the individual effort to change any situationin order to create an orderly lifestyle that encourages happiness asa consequence of individual achievement. The commitment to dogoodness that fits one’s aspirations expresses the context ofexcellence within an individual. However, the level of morality mustmatch the expectations of the society because a commitment onlyqualifies as an action that merits personal excellence if it benefitsthe people. Excellence is attributed to surpassing performance whilea mediocre action is anchored in the kind of badness that proceedsfrom it. For example, Americans provide veterans with social servicesas an appreciation for their excellent work to protect the nationfrom insurgency, and in return the ex-military men are happy to enjoyfree medication. Personal excellence is the achievement of goodnessand overall happiness that remains the ultimate human goal sinceantiquity.
Intellectual knowledge fosters an individual’s determination to setaside time to realize any aspiration. Reasoning with originality issupported in academic studies as a way of encouraging a reflectivelifestyle among intellectuals. Evaluating academic knowledge is asound way of achieve higher level of performance that promisesexcellence. A study shows “the mediating moderator variable betweenability to predictors and achievement criteria werecurricula-relevant individual and social characteristics aboutlearning study habits” (Tan 188). Choosing an academic professionalthat fits the individual talents and abilities guarantees theaccomplishment of personal excellence. Attaining intellectualknowledge increases the rational powers of an individual toaccomplish duties or work that is in line with personal aspirations.Self-knowledge about the eternal attributes, talents, and capacitieswithin an individual is the key to attaining the right skills thatwould ensure growth to attain personal excellence. In the modernworld, excellence is defined from the level of physical andintellectual skills that one can apply to solve life’s challenges.Knowledge adds skills that foster personal improvement to cultivateintellectual reasoning. Skills increased the courage and valor of anindividual to implement goal that appear impossible from adisadvantaged perspective. Mastery of skills and experience translateto higher levels of personal excellence since the individual is drawnto achieve top-notch performance in a particular field. Similarly,knowledge and skills enhance individual capacity to engage incritical thinking. For example, American Universities encourageresearch and development as the ultimate way to apply schoolknowledge to realistic challenges. Engaging in academic studiesprepares the individual to create personal goals that are orientedtowards achieving a designed course of action. Therefore, knowledgeis a tool that helps a person to control challenges, and to providetimely solutions that show the level of excellence.
Personal excellence is accomplished through reflective andcontemplative processes of learning that identify abilities andlimitations. Moreover, it is better to engage in trial and erroraspects of learning than avoiding to experiment as a way ofunderstanding the capacities of an individual. Thus, “Learningself-discipline through attempting difficult and even dangerous tasksis a worthwhile objective, whether it succeeds or not” (Walton211). Self-reflection increased the courage of an individual tocommit to tackling relevant aspirations. Moreover, self-assessmentaids an individual to use the most realistic approach for practicalreasoning in situations that require delicate judgment.Self-regulation or discipline is the best way to realize goals sinceit allows an individual to indulge in positive attributes of anaction while dwelling in the negative impacts. The mental contrastingis a crucial task in designing a goal since it allows a person tolook at the negative and positive perspectives simultaneously.Self-regulation is achieved through “Indulging entails fantasizingabout a positive future without considering obstacles of the presentreality that stand in the way of realizing this desired future.Dwelling… entails reflecting on negative aspects of the presentreality without elaboration of the desired future” (Duckworth,Grant, Loew, Oettingen, and Gollwitzer 18). Implementation of a goalis realistically accomplished if the individual appliesself-discipline in understanding the opportune and inconvenientaspects of the objective in time. For example, athletes applyself-discipline to increasing their performance in track events.Equally, self-discipline means minimizing harmful habits likeprocrastination, seeking perfectionism, and impatience whilepromoting resilience and patience to achieve a personal goal.
How to Achieve Personal Excellence
Excellence is marked by the internal growth in consciousness. Aconscious individual remains undistracted as a way of avertingdisastrous risks. Thus, the best way to achieve excellence is throughpersistent assessment of different “behaviors, values, andpriorities- i.e. examination of conscience” (Alexandre 164).Excellence is accomplished by practicing self-conscious activitiesthat foster internal growth. For example, a leader running a businessmust work on the objectives and remain conscious of the mission ofthe company to realize profit. An individual audit of rationalbehaviors and habits would determine the state of self-consciousness.Thereafter, a person should endeavor to implement critical thinkingstyles and behaviors that support the development of excellence, anddo away with negative habits that derail the growth process.
Excellence in human life is the capacity to remain focused todelivering the expected results from a desired course of action.Resilience is the ability to remain focused to develop an ideaaccording to a set plan without being distracted. Self-improvement isachievable whenever an individual is dedicated to own interests thatrepresent the best form of conceived progress. The attainment ofexcellence through resilience maintains the maxim that “Whatever isworth doing, is worth doing well” (Alcott 52). Excellentapplication of skills could help an individual to overcome commonstumbling blocks and achieve the desired result of a mission. Forexample, the African Americans of the 1950s and 60s fought withresilience to eliminate racial discrimination from the public andthey succeeded. A resilient person is likely to disregard triflingmatters to follow the heart’s desire for eternal progress.
Furthermore, the virtue of remaining persistent is another virtuethat ensures achievement of personal excellence. Patience is theattitude of remaining unshaken when sudden changes that inhibitgrowth occur. The ability to remain confident to implement personalplans in order to achieve success is crucial to developingexcellence. Projecting enough time to projects would encouragepatience and avoid the kind of rushing that ends in disastrousresults. Patience essentially means that an individual can “takecontrol of oneself. Put aside your moods, and whims, your desires,and precious opinions. Ascend to the heights, and then never comedown” (Alexandre 166). Controlling individual and social ideashelps one to focus on the ultimate desire without distractions. Forexample, every student is expected to practice patience and wait forthe completion of studies to be awarded a degree at the end of fouryears. Therefore, patience is the attribute that distinguishes anindividual who keeps pressing for improvement regardless of theoutcome of trial and error. Besides, the primary aim of living is tokeep to keep working towards the goal for it is fulfilling thanbecoming a quitter.
Similarly, adopting the Janusian thought would help an individualattain the best form of excellence because it encourages awarenessand self-regulation. The theory of critical thinking is connected tothe Roman God with two faces looking in the opposite direction. TheJanusian though is defined as “being able to hold simultaneouslytwo opposite elements and attempting, against the initialinconsistency or paradox, to integrate them” (Tan 18). Connectingcreative thinking through the Janusian theory asserts that it isproper to remain open-minded to all opinions during the creativeprocess of collecting and testing ideas. The ability to consolidatethe diverse emotions that accompany the conception of ideas wouldrequire an open-minded individual to configure the correctorganization of dreams. For example, ideological difference inAmerica between the Democratic and Republic parties arouse divergentideas that clash, but the people maintain calmness since theyunderstand the two opposites confronting their political space. Primarily, the capacity to control the psyche elements of emotions,feelings, and social concepts helps one rise above the emotionalpermutations to achieve excellence. The main advantage of being ableto configure correctly opposing views is that it results in thecombination of what seems impossible.
Another way of achieving personal excellence is by shunningperfectionism, which promotes hatred for failure because it denies anindividual the power to relate with mistakes. Incapacity to acceptfailure as a way of life to achieving excellence prevents anindividual from realizing the full potential. Learning from mistakesis essential since, “perfectionism has little to do with love forperfection. It means that we do not accept failure and when failurecomes, we feel humiliated and abandon the struggle. Perfectionismcomes with pride” (Alexandre 165). Failure is encouraged as thebest way to achieving personal excellence because it allows theindividual to overcome the mediocrity of giving up before realizingthe personal interests. For example, perfectionism fails in athletessince every season comes with new winners as the former lose theirtitles. Therefore, avoiding perfectionist ideas, and insteadconcentrating in conducting experiments would lead to achievement ofindividual aspirations. Personally, I believe in working on trial anderror to achieve a level of consciousness than perfectionism.
Conclusively, personal excellence is the capacity of an individual toachieve the desired goal by following positive behavioral traits likeself-discipline, seeking knowledge, happiness, self-assessment, andthe ability to remain patient to accomplish all desires. Living alife of fulfillment requires a person to shun perfectionism, whichhinders the process of self-assessment to know the errors and rectifywithout being afraid to face failure. Moreover, patience and adoptingJanusian thought ensure achievement of excellence since the virtuesensures that an individual remains open-minded to implement thedesired plan without delay. Besides, self-consciousness andself-regulation encourages realization of personal excellence sincethe attributes allow reflection of means and ways to attain success.Excellence is the capacity to act and implement one’s aspirationswith an awareness of limitations and abilities that ensure thesuccess of the individual.
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