January 22, 2018

Always Pursue Excellence – Even When No One is Looking!

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Always pursue excellence – And know for whom you are pursuing it! 

Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, drove his teams hard and pushed them to pursue excellence. In fact, he wanted them to pursue perfection, even though he recognized that was not achievable. He told them, “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

Lombardi led the team to five NFL Championships in seven years, a feat never previously accomplished or since. His players knew they were pursuing excellence for their coach, their team, and each other.

They were all in.  Are you?

The pursuit of excellence means pushing yourself to be your best even on days you don’t feel like it. It means going above and beyond, when others are satisfied with less. It means caring when it seems no one else does.

Do you have co-workers, organization members, people on the team who do not rise to the same standards you have? That can be a tough place to be. You want to do your best, but you need them to do theirs. It is easy to think, “Well, if no one else cares, why should I?”

Care anyway.

“Why do I need to push myself so hard? I never get recognized for it and no one notices.”

Push yourself anyway.

“Yeah, but no one else seems to be pursuing excellence, why even bother?”

Pursue excellence anyway.

You are doing it for the group as a whole and you are doing it for yourself. If you take your foot off the gas and don’t give it your all, others may not know it. But you will. Your effort may be what is needed to inspire others to get going. You lead by example. Plus, you might make the difference between success and failure, winning and losing.

So pursue excellence. It does make a difference. Even when no else is looking.

About the Author: Dave "Gonzo" Kelly (64 Posts)

Dave Kelly is the leading authority on student leadership and community service on college campuses today. As a professional trainer, motivator, and servant leader, Dave is an expert on all aspects of running and leading campus organizations and developing the character of a servant leader. Dave has 20+ years training leaders and advisors from student government associations, campus activities boards and campus clubs of every kind on organizational leadership and community service projects. He has trained students and advisors at more than 150 different colleges and universities and is the national coordinator for the APCA Serves! Initiative by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

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