Are You Committed to Excellence?

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A female hospitalist consults with a colleague to set plan for mutual patient


Even if you have heard of the term 'committed to excellence', do you fully understand what it means? The following quote from Aristotle defines excellence. 

"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." 

Immediately you can see that excellence is a habit, and any habit can be formed. The best way to create a new habit is by setting yourself new goals and creating a plan of attack. Let's see how you can do this.

First you want to define your reasons, or why, for wanting to commit to excellence. Does this pertain to your medical practice, your family life or for some other reason? If it helps, write down your reasons and your why for wanting to achieve this. 

If your goal is to be committed to excellence for your medical practice there are some simple actionable steps that you can put into place. Can you get into the habit of demanding more from yourself than your patients do of you? 

You can easily please your patients, colleagues, or hospital by doing any of the following: 

  • Giving more value
  • Over delivering
  • Finishing the work ahead of schedule
  • Adding in a bonus

Another way to improve your medical practice through excellence is by portraying a professional image. If you’re working on your entrepreneurial side gig, is your website, logo, brochure information, business cards etc all up to date and modern looking? If not this is one simple area to improve upon. 

Patient care is likely where you spend most of your time offering excellence. Make sure you have a great way to follow up with your patients and they’ll appreciate it. 

By delivering quality service to your patients and your colleagues you can easily provide excellence. Always respond to calls in a timely fashion and never get angry at others, regardless of the situation. This means you’ll need to be taking care of yourself to stay in the right frame of mind since delays are so common.

If you want to excel in your life then you can start by attempting to put forth the best effort you can with everything you do. President Carter would speak to this as doing anything he could, wherever he was, with whatever he had. If you’re working to improve the lives of those around you, in ways both small and large, you’ll accomplish it. If you do this consistently you will have that air of excellence surrounding you. This will rub off on other people and they will begin to view you in a different light.


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