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Effective Executive Magazine:
Challenge Ourselves for the Sake of Challenging Ourselves
 
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What is the point of challenging ourselves to be better than we are right now? We have worked our whole lives to be as good as we are today. What is the benefit of pushing ourselves to be better than we are today?

   
Over the past 20 years, 95% of my work has been with people who work in for-profit organizations. 5% of my work, and usually this is done on a pro bono basis, has been done for not-for-profit organizations. And then every once in a great while something totally different comes my way.

On January 18, 2018, I was invited by Coach Ben Rosario to do my full-day seminar on “Achieving Individual and Team Excellence” for his team, HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite. His team consists of ten professional long-distance runners who work full-time at training for 5K, 10K, and marathon races. The ultimate goal is to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Trials to represent the US in the Tokyo Olympics.

On the day of the seminar, the group had a “light” workout before the seminar started. The main part of the workout included 3 one-mile reps and 3,800-meter reps at a fast pace. All told they ran 10 miles on the day. In 20 years of doing seminars for organizations, I have never had a group who went for a 10-mile run before sitting down for a full-day seminar with me.

As we went through the many different exercises on reflecting, writing, and discussing the various aspects of individual and team excellence, certain patterns began to emerge. I realized that these professional runners were not driven by money or fame. They shared the common cause of pushing themselves individually and collectively just to see what they could achieve. They personified the idea of working for excellence.

I define excellence as doing the best you can at whatever you do while simultaneously learning how to do it better the next time. Excellence is not a moment in time. It is an ongoing process.
 
 
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