The Power of Pursuing Excellence

One of the greatest takeaways from my time in NZSOF was the power of pursuing excellence and the ripple effect it has in your life. Pursuing excellence will separate you from the pack, but it is not an easy path to walk.

Let's dive into the power of pursuing excellence and how it can transform your life? Buckle up, because this is not for the faint of heart! Pursuing excellence is about digging deep, pushing past your limits, and tapping into your true potential.

Let's get into it. 

Don't get confuse the pursuit of excellence with the pursuit of perfection, that is not what it's about. The pursuit of excellence is about committing to being better than yesterday, it is a daily act of discipline, it is an inward reflection, it is a discovery of your true potential. 

Here are 5 reasons to live the pursuit of excellence.

First, pursuing excellence builds unbreakable mental toughness. When you set high standards and work relentlessly to meet them, you develop a mindset that can handle anything life throws your way. You become the kind of person who refuses to quit, no matter how tough things get. This is an essential skill to develop when we look at what is happening around the world today. 

Second, it increases your capacity for pain. When you're pursuing excellence, you learn to embrace the suck. You push yourself harder than you ever thought possible, and you do it with a smile on your face. Pain becomes your friend, your ally, and your companion on the journey to greatness. Smile in the face of adversity, and welcome it as your opportunity for growth.

Third, pursuing excellence reveals your true character. When you're striving for excellence, you can't hide who you really are. You're either willing to put in the work, or you're not. You're either willing to suffer, or you're not. You're either willing to be honest with yourself, or you're not. Pursuing excellence is a mirror that reflects your true self. Face the man in the mirror, see who you really are, confront your flaws, and grow from it. 

Fourth, it creates a life of purpose. When you're pursuing excellence, you're not just going through the motions. You're living with intention, with passion, and with a sense of purpose that drives you forward. You're not content with mediocrity. You want to be great, you want to make a difference and that's what gives your life meaning. As the quote goes "if you give a man purpose and the ability to achieve it, he will crawl over broken glass with a smile on his face".

Finally, pursuing excellence creates a legacy. When you're willing to put in the work, to suffer, to embrace the pain, to be honest with yourself, and to live with purpose, you leave a mark on the world. You inspire others to be their best, to push past their limits, to live a life of excellence. That's a legacy worth leaving.

If you want to live the pursuit of excellence, you've got to be willing to do what others won't. It's not easy, but it's worth it. The good news is that it's never too late to start. You don't have to be a certain age, have a certain background, or possess a certain talent. All you need is the willingness to put in the work and the determination to see it through.

I challenge you to start pursuing excellence today. Set high standards for yourself, work relentlessly to meet them, and refuse to quit no matter how tough things get. Embrace the pain, unleash your potential, live with purpose, and leave a legacy worth leaving.

You've got this. Let's get after it.



  • Dan Forsyth

    Pursue excellence is the ultimate pathway to mentally tough! Being a better bastard than yesterday by looking inward and yourself. “Ready to Strike” 👊

  • CJ

    Hear hear!
    Thanks for putting this up

  • Jacob

    A great reading to use with my students in year 8. To often they accept mediocrity, yet are capable of so much. It meets one of school values – ka taea- about exceeding our goals. Set your standards high and chase them.

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