In the past, I held the belief that my personal success depended on constantly excelling, constantly raising my level of performance, and most importantly never having a step backward.
But that is simply not life. In real life, I have learned the hard way, I will make mistakes. I will not always excel. Sometimes my performance will simply not measure up. Sometimes I will have not just one, but two or ever three steps backward. If not more.
However, I have also learned the hard way the most reliable way to make progress and achieve my own vision of success is to raise the average. For example, if I average 5 miles in a 20-minute exercise bike ride, then my goal for next week is to average 5.5 miles.
Some people teach the idea of quantum leaps in performance and I say “Awesome for you!” If that approach works for you, then by all means continue to make the most of it.
In my current life situation, however, I am finding it more reliable and consistent to simply raise the average. This way, in the course of a year, I will have made those same quantum leaps – doubling my exercise output or doubling my savings account balance or something similar.
As I approach my next birthday in just over two weeks, I am setting a number of goals in which this approach will be invaluable. If you are interested in following that journey, go to My 49th Orbit beginning on September 5th.
Thanks for raising my average.