Goal setting and perseverance form the main building blocks of purposeful living. The mind-set used by successful entrepreneurs makes effective use of goal-directed thinking, and planning every step of the way when starting any enterprise. To set the right goals and to reach them, a special way of thinking is required, a growth mindset, which strives for excellence. The term “Excellence” we may have heard various times in our live, but what does it actually mean to achieve excellence? What have leaders in common which are driving true change? What are the parameters of high performance and how can we adapt them to our daily schedules? This is the research area I am working on. In the course of the research I have conducted various surveys, read a lot of literature and interviewed specialists on this subject, entrepreneurs and scientists. I believe that it is essential to be aware of the things we want to achieve, and therefore to be aware of living up to the parameters of excellence.
The power of your mind when used for setting and achieving goals is the path to success. All too easily, we get distracted when we start out while deciding what we want to achieve. Missing goals we set ourselves is the definition of failure, whereas attaining them provides a sense of achievement and accomplishment – it all boils down to a mind-set game.
Only a proper understanding of excellence will ensure, that we can live up to it. Acclaimed author, John Maxwell encourages us to ensure our vision in a recipe for personal growth. In John`s own words:“In a growth mind-set, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”His model requires that we understand the difference between a growth mind-set and a fixed mind-set, so that we can identify practices and language that promote the former.Financial success is likely related to excellence, because great leaders know how to create financial freedom, but this is not the main indicator. True excellence includes a high degree of dedication and consciousness for big challenges.
While we all like to dream of a great future for the ideas we give birth to, converting visionary concepts into successful outcomes is a completely different ball game and one that few of us get to achieving in reality. Therefore it is necessary to learn how to live up to the concept of excellence. Our society remains catchend in a trap, which Psychologists call ” Bystander effect”. Instead of taking actions, we resign and just “stand by” waiting for an initiator to show the further course of action.The truth is, that a lot more people have the potential to be initiators. The first step of living excellence is therefore to take the initiative and start with self- development. While pursuing great projects it is essential to adapt to strategies of high performance to reach the best possible outcome.
Adapting to the strategies of excellence indicates also to understand the biological processes behind achievement and what role sleep, nutrition and sports are playing in the development of our intelligence and productivity .Biochemical processes predict our level of motivation and productivity . Therefore use this processes in our favor and remain healthy it is essential understand what stands behind the Biology of Excellence.
The masterpiece of Excellence is the ability not only to adapt the knowledge in the personal life or personal career, but rather to get a wider view and adress worlds problems. Every problem we are observing in the world is a market potential , every disparity we see is a missing system and every issue is an unfounded Company. To create excellence self- development trough education in the First way is essential. Further to create excellence it takes a high degree of the ability of priority valuing. The better an individual becomes at a certain field, the more people want to profit from this knowledge. Therefore we need to distinguish if an offer we are getting is a real opportunity or a distraction. Before it is possible to face worlds challenges it is essential to see them and i mean not in the media, but to see and experience with own eyes. If we do not bring the courage to face humanities challenges , we are not ready to create Excellence.
One part of our society has understood pretty good that it is essential to face challenges while creating innovations. This are the managers , CEOs and entrepreneurs. Every day we read in Harvard Business Review or the Manager Magazine about the rising need for innovations, about innovative labs and innovative facilities. But the main facility to create innovations is often forgot: the people behind it. Nowadays we have on the one hand a rising class of entrepreneurs which are working with dedication on their projects but lack financial resources and research capacities. On the other hand we have more and more huge enterprises which have almost unlimited resources but can not find enough qualified People. We need to find a way to unify this resources. To create future innovations it is essential for for companies to create innovative company cultures.