Excelling in any reputable field, career or profession is more of ‘Being than Doing.
Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.”
Nobody becomes the best by a default. It does not matter wether in ministry or business.
I used to tell those who are close to me that we are first of all human beings, not human doings.
“It is who we are that determines the quality of what we do, even as what we do describes who we are. So excellence is an attitude indeed.”
I discovered more about this truth yesterday during a leadership training session when our facilitator who happened to be a top level professional shared some personal experience of his career journey.
“The mark of a true professional is a consistent performance at higher levels than the average.”
Here are four practices which I called Be-Attitudes that top-level performers have in common.
#1: Be Exceptional Attitude
Top-level performers always seek to do things uniquely.
They are always like Paul, the apostle who strived to preach the gospel in a virgin terrain where Christ was unknown in order to avoid building upon another person’s foundation and hardwork (Romans 15:20).
Many of our emerging leaders need to learn from Paul.
In this our complex society, there’s still an uncommon space to be filled by those who will seek to be exceptional rather than conform to the existing.
#2: Be Educated Attitude
Top-level performers in any field are tireless learners.
They don’t play down on education.
Education is different from schooling. It increases capacity of the mind to perform better. No amount is too costly to be invested in personal education.
In the words of Jim Rohn, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
If you desire to be a top-level performer in your field, right attitude towards education is non-negotiable. But more important is continuous learning attitude.
Atittude that gets committed to education is wise.
Albert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
#3: Be Empowered Attitude
Top-level performers are not just educated, but they are empowered people.
What empowers through education is revelation. Insight. Discovery. Understanding.
So, in choosing the source of our education, we must be sensitive.
The rule is: except it can empower you correctly, it is not a correct education for you.
#4: Be Enthusiastic Attitude
It’s been said that pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Top-level performers work with enthusiasm according to Ephesians 6:7NLT.
They love what they do and it shows through radiance and joy with which they do their work
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Norman Vincent Peal says, “Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
More than money, power, or influence, enthusiasm is a sign that what you do is most rewarding which in effects will generate energy for outstanding performance at all times.
When you show enthusiasm, your attitude become contagious by those around, so that through you, high level performance glows, permeates and captures everyone’s interest.
No matter what you do, I encourage you to be exceptional, educated, empowered and enthusiastic in your attitude.
What’s your experience about these four “Be-Attitudes” that has helped you which you will like to share to encourage other people following this blog?