How to excel at anything

On March 12, 2013

Over the years I've tried plenty of things. When I look back at my failures and success, I can figure out why I failed at certain things and why I succeeded at others.

What separates failure from success is excellence. That's all we need to know.

But even after knowing this, do we apply what it takes to do excellent work?

The rules for excelling are easy to understand, but difficult to implement. We all want to excel but, sometimes, we don't follow the right approach towards excelling.

If you already have your own way of doing things that makes you great at everything you do, continue using your own methods. As it works perfectly for you, there is no need to learn from others, and you can skip this post right now. No hard feelings at all.

But if you don't have your own method and want to know what it takes to excel, read along. See if you see any difference when you apply these steps while doing your tasks.

Here is what you need to do to excel in your work:

1)Concentrate
Do your job with full concentration. When programming, just program. When designing, just design. When writing, just write.

Focus on doing one thing at a time. Our mind is a powerful tool and to use it the best way, apply it completely on doing a single task. Never try to do two or more tasks at the same time.

I find that when I concentrate on doing one thing, I at least manage to produce decent work. But when I just do something for the sake of doing it, the outcome is, unsurprisingly, mediocre. Even others can easily recognize a mediocre work, if you do it casually.

When you concentrate, you will find errors and mistakes that you missed when you started out. You will see opportunities and limitations in your product, that you never thought about. You will discover new and better solutions for doing the same thing.

All this is possible, only when you take time to concentrate and go deep inside the workings of your product. It doesn't matter whether you are a programmer, designer, or writer.

Concentration is the key to getting better at any profession.

Next time, do your work with full concentration, as if it's the only thing that exists in the universe at that moment. Trust me, you will improve your skills and talent within no time.

2)Be Confident
Confidence matters. It gives you a unique momentum in doing your tasks. This momentum aides you in doing great work.

When you doubt your capabilities, you're unable to give your best performance. You start thinking too much about the results and what others think about you. This shows in your work too. With your mind divided in thinking about too many things at the same time, you make silly mistakes and your confidence level hits rock bottom.

But if you just understand that there are no failures in life, only lessons to be learnt, and act confidently, you produce better results and your confidence level gets a boost.

Even if you're a newbie, act with confidence. If you don't feel confident from inside, just fake it. With time you will actually start feeling confident, and then you won't need to fake it anymore.

3)Act on it
With right concentration and a good dose of confidence, get ready to act on your task. The only thing that matters now are your actions. Anything else is just a distraction.

Follow the 'just do it' attitude. Start acting immediately with full force, and don't stop until you finish your job. When others see that you're completely dedicated towards achieving your goals, no one will dare to stop you.

There is nothing more to be said. Use every bit of skill and wisdom you have gained in your life. Even if you think you are not as good as others, just keep performing actions.

It's better to act on a good idea and create something, than to have a thousand great ideas in your mind.

So, start acting on your ideas and give your best shot at implementing them.

4)Practice as much as you can
Practice is what separates good from great. If you're talented, you can easily become good at something. But to become a master, talent isn't enough. You have to practice regularly.

With practice you sharpen your skills and become your own teacher. You know when you produce great work and when you don't.

If you look around, you will see that not everyone who succeeds in his profession was a natural at it. People with even mediocre talent can succeed if they keep practicing and improvising with each passing day.

On the other side, even if you have exceptional talent but don't have consistency in your work, you will struggle to become great at it. That's why I can't stress enough the importance of practicing on a regular basis.

If you want to become an excellent programmer, program every day. If you want to be a great writer, write every day. If you want to be an outstanding designer, design every day.

That's all you need to know to excel at your work. There are no other secrets.

Once you start excelling at something, you will enjoy doing it. When you start enjoying it, you will create great work. So, start excelling today.

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