“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:16 NLT

Yesterday, we looked at the first three practical tips in achieving excellence. Today, we will conclude with the remaining three tips.

Now, the fourth tip is embodied in this famous saying – “Jack of all trades, master of none.” While it sounds cliched, it is very accurate. The truth is without focus, it is difficult to master any given talent.

The famous people we know and admire are great because they have given priority to their skills. Endeavour to do the same if excellence is important to you.

Fifth, aim to benchmark and succeed in all your endeavours. A benchmark is a standard or point of reference for comparison or assessment. Once you begin to master something, compare your progress with your benchmark.

1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT says, “if you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.”

In this text, the Apostle Paul warns the Corinthian church to learn from the people of Israel so they do not falter. The same can be said about achieving excellence. It would be folly to work as though there are no standards to compare. In our day, value is easily noticed and expected.

We have many who have gone ahead of us. It is essential that we learn from their good and bad and then exceed them.

Finally, build and maintain relationships. There is a delicate balance between using time and money, and relationships play a crucial role in understanding it. You would meet people that you are supposed to help and those who would help you in life. Be discerning of this and don’t be too proud to ask for help.

Dear believer, to achieve excellence, start with what you have and work hard at it. Pay attention to the details as you focus on mastering your skill. Benchmark and exceed your peers.

Build solid and lasting relationships. This is the year of light. If we are to compete with the ideologies and arguments of this world, we should aim to match and surpass them. Being excellent at what we do is one of the ways to do so. Be excellent!

Bible Reading Plan
Luke 5:12-16, Philippians 1:21-30, Psalms 119:121-128, 2 Kings 6-7