Start small and continue to build this attitude in your life. You don’t decide to start martial arts training one day, and enter the ring with experts the next week. It takes time, it takes work and it takes consistent training.
The same principle applies to anything you do in life. Nobody becomes an expert at anything overnight.
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception it is a prevailing attitude.”
I discussed earlier that you have to take control of your thoughts. This is an important part of developing excellence in your life.
Your thoughts are the beginning of your actions; therefore it is vital that you get your mind straight first.
If your mind is not right, you will never be able to become a man of excellence.
“The superior man is watchful over himself even when alone.”
This is the attitude of excellence. It doesn’t matter what he is doing or who is around him at the time, the man of excellence will seek to do everything to the best of his abilities. He agrees with the quote from Emerson that,
“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.”
The normal, everyday, common life is void of the majority of these traits. The common man lives mainly for his own comfort and gives little attention to pushing himself to go the “extra mile” in order to live a life of excellence.
Simply put, he is satisfied living an average life.