“There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” –Nelson Mandela

There is a fine line between excellence and perfection. Some would argue that they both require a person to be something that is unattainable. Perhaps we have created the notion that what we want in our hearts may be unreasonable, assuming that our goals exceed our abilities or the constraints of our current situation. Those very thoughts keep us constantly aspiring toward perfection rather than excellence, believing that where we are is due to the impossibility of what we desire. Perfection demands that you be without limitations, concealing all that makes you human. However, those that believe in being remarkable are able to acknowledge and accept who they are but deliberately strive to improve. Excellence, therefore, is not a freedom from imperfections but rather liberation from the thoughts that keep one from requiring oneself to be better. For the journey in realizing one’s excellence does not call for one to be big, but rather truly dissatisfied with remaining small.

Do you habitually treat each moment as a chance to be exceptional? Or do you only endeavor to be good enough? If so, I hope you have the courage to act in ways that show your capability of living your best life.