The 8 Keys of Excellence
Principles are the rules that guide human behavior. Concepts like fairness, integrity, and truth are generally accepted and shared by all people. They are not tied to time or culture or history—they are objective, not subjective.
Principles define the culture of any group—family, school, club, team. They lay the groundwork for personal excellence and align groups on agreed behavior. People who are aware of their shared principles and uphold them know what to expect from one another. They experience a higher level of trust, more teamwork, and ultimately, greater success.
If you have ever belonged to a group that shared your principles, you may have noticed the feeling of teamwork, the spirit of the group, and the way all members pull together to achieve a common goal. In such a culture, excellence thrives and success is a natural outcome.
As principles, the 8 Keys of Excellence do more than create a more positive environment—they change lives. Becoming aware of these eight principles and committing to them is both exciting and challenging, pushing us to strive for excellence and positively impacting the world we live in. For as we learn to model our beliefs, other people in our lives are influenced by our behavior and often follow the examples we set. Like falling dominoes, the process continues, each person affecting the next.
Excellence is defined as the quality of excelling, greatness, value, worth—and when we excel we do extremely well, we shine, we stand out.
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle
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