Pursuit of Excellence

There is this great little book called the Pursuit of Excellence and it helps you with goals and desires to become a better person. In finding this, I decided this year my quest is on The Pursuit of Excellence and these are my Challenges I am going to and have been taking on this year! I added them to my ASANA (Project Tracking Tool) and this way I can monitor my success and measure my statistics on how I am doing and have Asana as my own Accountability Coach!

This pamphlet encourages individuals to pursue excellence in their lives by setting goals and working diligently to achieve them. It includes several achievement challenges.

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POE: Spiritual Challenges:

  • Strengthen your spiritual testimony
  • Study Spiritual Work from Spiritual Leaders
  • Share Spiritual Quotes via Social Media to uplift and inspire others
  • Develop a personal file of teachings, articles, home, family & friend enrichment ideas, quotes, thoughts, anecdotes, and spiritual experiences
  • Keep a Personal Journal
  • Establish a habit of daily Meditation
  • Freely forgive others
  • Accept opportunities to speak or teach
  • Record memorable spiritual experiences or events in a journal

POE: Intellectual Challenges:

  • Pray to know what gifts have been given you, and use one of those gifts to bless others.
  • Study the words of leaders about strengthening families, marriages, and homes.Read a book that will increase your faith and strengthen you spiritually.
  • Learn about and develop a new skill or interest.
  • Improve your ability to communicate with others
  • Learn more about Aspergers and Autism
  • Improve skills for an occupation.
  • Improve your employment opportunities.
  • Complete a degree or certificate program
  • Learn another language
  • Learn to budget wisely and manage personal finances.
  • Develop a plan of preparedness for emergencies
  • Acquire greater proficiency in an occupational or homemaking skill (such as organizing, using a computer, sewing, mechanical work, cooking, or cleaning).

POE: Physical Challenges:

  • Develop healthy eating habits and patterns
  • Learn to cook healthy foods.
  • Develop a program of regular exercise.
  • Work toward healthy sleep patterns.
  • Improve emotional and mental health.
  • Improve your personal appearance or hygiene.
  • Create opportunities to be active with family and friends.

POE: Service Challenges:

  • Pray for inspiration about who needs your help each day, and act on your inspiration.
  • Welcome or befriend a new person
  • Volunteer for or lead a service project in your community.
  • Find ways to be a friend and serve someone who is elderly.
  • Write encouraging letters to others and send
  • Assist someone who needs help with their education.

POE: Character Challenges:

  • Overcome a bad habit or addiction
  • Improve your ability to manage time wisely.
  • Learn to be grateful, and express your appreciation.
  • Choose friends and companions who are earnestly seeking to maintain high ideals and standards.
  • Cultivate patience and tolerance for others.
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others, and learn to recognize when you are doing your best.
  • Beware of pride, and seek to be humble and teachable

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Descriptions of Spirituality

SPIRITUALITY can be defined as how you perceive and live out your relationship with the world and yourself. a. It is based on the assumption that there is more than what is immediately, physically apparent. b. In some way deals with a unifying, integrating or vitalizing dimension of experience. c. It involves the concept of a relationship or connection with something outside oneself (or outside one’s consciousness), which entails interaction and interdependency, in contrast to how one would relate to a fact (like the function of a gene) or mechanical process (like electricity or the law of gravity). d. It’s personally meaningful in that it provides beliefs about the nature and purpose of the world and ourselves, typically including guides on how to think and behave.

“In its broadest sense, spirituality is an aspect of any attempt to approach or attend to the invisible factors in life and to transcend the personal, concrete, finite particulars of this world…. Spirituality is not always specifically religious. Mathematics is spiritual in a broad sense, abstracting from the concrete details of life. A walk through the woods on a sunny fall day can be a spiritual activity, if only because it’s a way of getting away from home and routine and being inspired by tall, old trees and the processes of nature, which are far beyond human scale. Spirit, the Platonists said, lifts us out of the confines of human dimensions, and in doing so nourishes the soul.” –Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

“The very distinction between spiritual and material or sacred and secular, is ultimately invalid, for the spiritual mode finds its place in all actions, whether physical or psychical, that lead us to a fuller knowledge of God. Whatever leads us to a knowledge of God is spiritually based; it also leads us away from preoccupation with ourselves to a fuller participation in the world’s affairs and the concerns of others.” –Martin Israel, Precious Living

A way of being and experiencing that comes about through awareness of a transcendent dimension and that is characterized by certain identifiable values in regard to self, others, nature, life, and whatever one considers to be the ultimate. — Elkins, et al. (1988), p. 10.

The feelings, thoughts, experiences, and behaviors that arise from a search for the sacred. The term ‘search’ refers to attempts to identify, articulate, maintain, or transform. The term ‘sacred’ refers to a divine being or Ultimate Reality or Ultimate Truth as perceived by the individual. –Larson, D. B., et al. 1998.

RELIGION is an the expression of spiritual or religious belief/experience in a set of symbols, beliefs or doctrines, and practices by which groups and individuals relate to themselves and the world. Religion, for many people, is the concrete, culturally oriented definition and expression of their spirituality. 1. Religion and spirituality clearly share many common characteristics, such as a search for what is sacred or holy in life, coupled with some kind of transcendent (beyond the self) relationship with God or a higher power or universal energy. 2. They differ in important ways, such as religious factors being focused more on prescribed beliefs, rituals, and practices as well as social institutional features; were as, spiritual factors are concerned with individual subjective experiences, sometimes shared with others. 3. Religion is defined by its boundaries; spirituality by a difficulty in defining its boundaries. 4. Religion and religiosity can, in fact, interfere with a person’s spiritual growth. The spiritual purpose of religious practice can be lost in obsessional piety or in political and economic agendas that focus on power and prestige.