A Simple Way to Step Up Your Game and Excel

If you play any sport, you won’t be surprised by what I’m about to tell you. The most common way to improve your skills is by practicing. However, there’s another strategy that’s often offered to growing athletes to improve their game. The strategy is to play with people who are better than you: people who excel in that sport.

Whatever your field, if you want to step up your game, associate with people who excel in that field; they’ll rub on you and stimulate you to raise your level.

Excellence breeds excellence. When you’re in the company of people of excellence, you can’t do otherwise but to be motivated to step up your game and achieve higher levels of excellence yourself. If you don’t, you stand out like a sour thumb—a kind of attention you don’t want.

Surrounding yourself with people who excel in your field helps you develop the spirit of excellence. Like iron sharpens iron, people of excellence stimulate one another.

Your associations make you or break you, and bad company can sabotage your efforts to cultivate excellence in your life. Proverbs 13: 20 says, “He who walks with the wise shall be wise, but a companion with fools shall be destroyed.”

Therefore, your circle has an impact on your ability to step up your game.
Identify the people in your circle who are models of excellence, and seek their company. Of course, this presupposes that you’ve committed to being yourself a person of excellence. Otherwise, you’ll be dragging them down.

Associations are meant to be a two-way street. You take a lot but give little. Their company will benefit you; let your company benefit them as well. It may mean offering your services to them for free in exchange for their time.

If you can’t find people directly in your field of interest, associate with people flourishing in a different field; if they operate in excellence, you’ll still benefit from spending time with them.

If you struggle to find people in your proximity, you can leverage technology to create these connections. In fact, you may need to connect with people online. Do what you have to do, but make this a priority. And when you’re in their company, open your ears and close your mouth: listen; listen; listen.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.