Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Having a Spirit of Excellence

A few months back, a friend of mine was telling me about a sermon they overheard on television from the infamous southern-accented TV preacher, Joel Osteen. Honestly, I was hesitant to view it because I am at a point in my life where I still find religion to be a bit overwhelming and I really wasn't looking for a preachy pick-me-up. Regardless, I tuned in and found myself captivated with what I was hearing.

Whether you consider yourself a believer or not, I honestly feel that everyone can take something from the message that Joel Osteen is conveying in this sermon. This time of year, it seems like we all hit the pre-spring slump. For me, I get lazy about keeping my car clean, care a little less about how I present myself in terms of my appearance and in general, I tend to be a little less start-eyed than usual. I have found myself circling back to this message of "having a spirit of excellence" as I trudge through the change of seasons.

I would encourage you to take a look; hopefully you will find this message useful in the place you find yourself in life right now. This is a pretty long video so I listed the minutes that I found to be the most resonant and friendly for people who do not consider themselves devoutly religious.

The parts I find the most useful:

  • 4:52- Going beyond the call of duty, especially in the workplace
  • 7:50- Having a constant appetite for growth
  • 15:52- Presenting yourself in a way that you're proud of
  • 18:35- Taking pride in your appearance as a reflection of your excellence (funny!)
  • 19:31- Being a person of excellence in everyday life
  • 21:50- Making small changes

Just some mid-week food for thought!

"We are what we repeatedly do.
 Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

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