The lifestyle of continuous progress, patience, and persistence
Anyone can achieve a certain level of excellence in any task or process if we truly want to get there. It requires high level of dedication, practice, patience, and hard work. We can’t expect to be great at something unless we repeatedly practice in perfecting that what we do, and want to become experts in. If we want to become a great leader, we will embark on a lifelong journey of personal development, continuous learning, and professional growth.
We all make mistakes when we start something new and different. However, if we are willing to learn from those mistakes, improve our craft each day, ask for feedback, and implementing feedback received, eventually we will begin making less mistakes, and will begin achieving a certain level of expertise in a particular field, while finetuning our skills as a leader. Therefore, we should not expect to be great from day one and, instead, dedicate our time, energy, and focus on becoming great through continuous personal and professional development, which could take months or sometimes years before we can say: “Yes, I am an expert in what I do and specialize in.”
Be patient and know what you are working towards. Don’t see immediate results? That’s ok. Just keep on working and improving one day at a time, and eventually you will get there. Keep your goal(s) in mind and do not let others steer your focus away from your goal(s), because, remember that those are your goals, and only you now what they mean to you. As Aristotle once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
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