Excellence is not random

Excellence is not random

“Excellence is not random. It is more than a short-term ambition, accident or accomplishment. It is developed by design and achieved by setting and tenaciously pursuing high, competitive goals.”

The above is a passage from The Champion’s Mind by Jim Afremow.

the champions mind

I just finished this book on my plane flight this last week and without going to deep into the book so that I can stay focused on this passage, I’ll say that it was a fantastic read about all aspects of the mental side of athletics. I highly recommend it for any aspiring athletes, especially high school or collegiate level athletes looking to separate themselves from the pack. It references winning strategies of specific successful athletes and how to implement them into your own training and life.

Now, back to where I started. As I read those couple sentences about “excellence”, I couldn’t help make the connection to the New Year and goal setting for 2016.

I’ve done a blog post like this before:

Revisit Your Goals

Setting Smart Goals 2015

And I’ll probably do it every year going forward. Hopefully, they’ll all just bring a little different flavor and chronicle where my heads at that year.

As the passage says, “excellence is not random.” And boy did he strike a chord with me when I read that.

Excellence is something I feel like I’m always chasing.

I want Cróga to be the most excellent gym around. I want us to have excellent coaches. I want us to produce excellent programming. I want our community events to be excellent. I want our space to be excellent. I want our class structure to be excellent. And I want our energy and enthusiasm in every class for every athlete to be excellent.

In addition to this pursuit of excellence at Cróga, I strive for excellence in every aspect of my life.

I want to be an excellent husband, an excellent friend, an excellent son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law and uncle, an excellent business owner and last but not least, an excellent athlete.

Now, I know that’s a long list, and at times it’s very daunting to try to be all of those and despite my best effort, I fall short on a regular basis.

However, this is where the second half of the passage becomes important.

None of these are possible by just floating through life or spending a couple weeks improving yourself, just to slide back to where you started.

You need to figure out what is important to you, then decide what excellence in that space looks like and then tenaciously pursue that goal.

So, I challenge you to put a list of goals together. Write it down (this is very important to keeping yourself honest and being able to check back in as time passes), on a piece of paper or on your phone where you can reference it periodically.

Make the list well rounded (personal, relationship based, athletic, financial, anything you want to accomplish). Also, make the list specific, none of this “be happier” bullshit. What’s going to make you happier? Exercise 5 days a week? Take a random vacation day to do something fun and random once every 3 months? Read 1 book a month? Call your parents to chat for 15 minutes each week? Bring your wife flowers once a month unexpectedly?

If you do this, I can guarantee you that you will be more successful and be much closer to achieving excellence in all aspects of your life than if you don’t.

Because, just as we started:

“Excellence is not random. It is more than a short-term ambition, accident or accomplishment. It is developed by design and achieved by setting and tenaciously pursuing high, competitive goals.”

Are there any goals you want to share publicly to keep you honest? Comment below. We’d love to hear them and want to help you achieve them!

P.S. We are going to set up a 2016 Goals section on our PR board. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone is looking to achieve and how we do.