Have you ever seen someone who is really good at what they do? We’re talking about excellence. It can be quite inspiring, even breath-taking.

Of course, when we see someone who excels at what they do, we don’t see the process or the journey over time that they took to get there.

Former NBA basketball coach Pat Riley once said, “Excellence is the gradual result of always trying to be better.” I like that.

I remember when I first played the piano for our church youth group. I had music in front of me and God help the meeting if the fan blew those sheets of music away. I did this many times then eventually learned to just keep an eye on the chords rather than all those individual notes. After doing that many times, I eventually memorised the music and could actually look around the room and see, “Ah, there are people here!”

Don’t focus so much on where you are today with your talents and abilities OR on someone who is way ahead of you. What is your next step? What could you do to take some steps of improvement in the next few weeks? Keep doing that, and before you know it, you too will be excelling at what you do.

Excellence – think about it.