21 Habits for Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 5

Daily Devotional

Take Your Excellence to the Highest Level

Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

The mediocre mindset will not get us to where we want to go; to get there we must operate at the highest level of excellence. Proverbs 21:5 tells us that the thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness. What the scripture is simply telling us is that thinking and acting with excellence will result in success and increase.  One evidence that this is true is reflected in the fact that the people  or companies that have risen to the top of their field are those that operate at the highest level of excellence. Examples include Amazon, Apple, and Usain Bolt. Since this is no coincidence, what this tells us is that the key to attaining great success in any field is to take your excellence to the highest level.  

While being a captive in Babylon, Daniel took his excellence to the highest level and as a result he was given a position of authority to be one of the three (3) presidents who reported to King Darius in Daniel 6:3. The hidden message in the scripture is that operating with high levels of excellence will yield a positive payoff in any environment where it is applied.  The reason for Daniel’s rise was because he had a spirit of excellence; Daniel made it a practice to do everything with high levels of excellence. Because he operated in this way two things happened. First, he attracted greater favor than others in his environment. The scripture said that “Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes”. Operating at the highest level of excellence will pull favor in your direction. 

Second, Daniel was marked for promotion: “the king thought to set him over the whole realm”. Daniel already held a high position, yet he was the target for additional promotion. What this proves is that there is no limit to how far we can go when we take our excellence to the highest level.

There are three (3) ways in which we can take our excellence to the highest level. Start by identifying the habits and practices of the best in your field. The purpose is to decipher what excellence looks like and what is required to get there. The next stage is to commit to excellence. It took a commitment to excellence for Daniel to consistently operate at that level. The third step is to focus on continuous improvement. What was excellence in 2022 may not be excellence in 2023. When 2 Peter 1:5 said add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; it was a challenge to keep getting better. Do all it takes to operate at the highest level of excellence.

Life Application: Take your excellence to the highest level by observing how the best in your field operate then commit to do whatever it takes to operate at their level and continually get better.

Prayer: Lord, everything you do is excellent and you have created me in your image and likeness. Help me to operate in excellence at all times. And surround me with those who do so as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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