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Why I believe that excellence is a habit

Many people think of excellence as inborn.

They often think of having a quality trait which leads to the idea that an excellent person has inborn characteristics that are superior to others.

Actually, excellence is not a trait but a habit.

Aristotle said that "We are what we repeatedly do."

In other words, doing something right repeatedly will cause you to be right and not because you had that right nature in you all along.

  • It could be something as simple as not eating chocolates after dinner to cultivate excellent dietary habits.
  • It could be simply writing ten posts everyday at the same time, or for the same duration of time.
  • Or it could be brisk walking for an hour a day, everyday.

At the end of the day, it's all about discipline.

Moving forward, we need to choose what we want to be excellent at or we will accidentally acquire the wrong kind of excellence at the end of the day, by virtue of habit.

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motrojam wrote on April 23, 2015, 5:24 AM

I have to agree. Being consistent in what we do drives us to excellence.

bestwriter wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:53 AM

Keeping things in the right place, doing certain things everyday at the same time for example are some of the things that can avoid bedlam in the house.

maxeen wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:54 AM

You are so right ,everything is habit be it good or otherwise. My good one is the walk{three at least,every day]

MegL wrote on April 23, 2015, 8:24 AM

Yes, that is so true and it is important for parents or guardians to inculcate good habits in their children. It saves everyone a lot of trouble later on.

scheng1 wrote on April 23, 2015, 8:42 AM

It is about our attitude too. Sometimes we just lack the determination to succeed.

msiduri wrote on April 23, 2015, 9:56 AM

Point. Sometimes people use that that as an excuse. "It's not in me."

CalmGemini wrote on April 23, 2015, 10:28 AM

Yes ,it is all about making the effort to cultivate good habits.May be I can discipline myself to write five posts a day .

iwrite28 wrote on April 23, 2015, 11:02 AM

I agree. Excellence can be taught and made a habit or second nature.

Arvi wrote on April 23, 2015, 12:22 PM

So very true! I try to discipline myself like this, but some days are definately easier than others.

allen0187 wrote on April 23, 2015, 11:43 PM

I agree that excellence is born out of habit more than anything else. If you keep doing something over a period of time, you'll most likely be good at it until you get better and better.

crowntower wrote on April 25, 2015, 4:39 AM

Ouch! But you are right. It is always a habit that we should intake to run in our system. Because if not that the opposite will be our habit and that is doom laziness and unproductive human with nothing to offer but stupidity and lameness.