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In yoga class the other day my teacher laughed, saying that every time she turned her back to look at one side of the class she could see the other side relax in their posture, when she turned back around, everyone would quickly straighten up and put more effort into their pose.

I began to think about this, do we not live up to our excellence? Do we only shine out while others are looking? Are we not worth impressing our selves?

Unknown-3Maybe no one is looking but we know that deep inside we’re cheating ourselves from being our best. For example; no one is looking, so do you surf the net at work? Do you show up late because other employees do? It’s raining and cold out, do you put away the shopping cart? Do you plop the book down in the bookstore and not return it to it’s proper shelf? Do you do only what you need to do to appease family and friends? The energy of lack will flow off of you and seep into every part of your life.

Maybe this doesn’t sound like a big deal but it all adds up to the way we live our lives. If we live by doing just enough to get by, then that is exactly what our life will be, a life of just getting by. We are magnificent, so our lives should shine out with brilliance. A life of brilliance begins with you, when no one is looking and you make the choice to go the extra mile, put forth more effort, and shine out your excellence. When you go out of your way, you may not get acknowledged by another, but your life will surely reflect it.

Small Change #55 Create a life of excellence
Begin this week to create a life of excellence in all you do.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.