1) People who are excellent at their jobs are PASSIONATE about what they do. It’s impossible to be remarkable at your job if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing. Passion is a dynamic quality that adds flavor and life to a task. Passion doesn’t allow you to do anything subpar. Passion compels you to put your best foot forward, especially when no one is looking. Are you passionate about what you’re doing? If not, why? What will you do differently?
2) People who are excellent at their job are LEARNERS. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s next to impossible for you to be excellent at your job. I was a better NFL player in my fifth year than in my first year. Why? Because I studied and learned the details and nuances of the game. This translated into better performance. Are you learning the details of your job? Are you putting in the extra effort to be excellent at what you do? If not, why? What will you do differently?
3) People who are excellent at their job have a FEROCIOUS WORK ETHIC. Lots of people talk about being excellent, but very few have a work ethic that produces excellence. Sadly, I’ve found that many are okay with being mediocre at their jobs. I think mediocrity occurs because people miss the integration of faith into their work life. We’re not working for “the man”, we’re serving the Lord of the universe with the talents with which He has blessed us. (Colossians 3:22-25). Do you have a work ethic that produces excellence? If not, why? What will you do differently?
4) People who are excellent at their job have the ability to FOCUS. We live in age of many choices and distractions. As a result, we get distracted doing so much that we do little to nothing with excellence. Excellence requires focus on that “one thing'” and having a bulldog mentality to fight off distractions and pour yourself into the primary task at hand. “According to a recent study from researchers at the University of Utah, people who multitask are actually less productive than people who focus on one thing at a time. Even more depressing: people who believe themselves to be master multitaskers are seriously overestimating their capabilities.” http://news.menshealth.com/stop-multitasking/2013/02/08/
Are you easily distracted? Are you doing so much that you’re not doing anything with excellence? What will you do differently?
5) People who are excellent at their job sacrifice I learned in high school that if I wanted to earn a college football scholarship, I had to sacrifice. That meant not doing some of things that my peers were doing. At times it was painful. But those sacrifices enabled me to have my college education paid for and empowered me to play six years in the NFL (Colts 1993-1997 & Carolina Panthers 1998). Moving from mediocrity to excellence is going to cost you something; maybe something very valuable. Are you willing to sacrifice for excellence? If not, why?