We’re taught to be the best we can be, to be A+, and at the top of our game.
And it sounds like great advice, but what happens when you go full tilt with high performance all the time?
You risk burnout.
Going too hard for too long has a price.
I say save your excellence for the times you really need it and run your daily life on a consistent rate of goodness, not greatness.
It’s more sustainable, more long-term.
Way more achievable.
A regular output of good is so much better than big wins and heavy crashes, than high high’s and low low’s, than huge finish lines or barely beginning. And it’s not always one or the other, but a spurt of excellence does have a come-down, an off-ramp. You need to recoup after exerting yourself so fully.
With consistent goodness, you’ll find a solid stride that keeps your energy and output from going all over the place.
On the other end is being intermittently good, which we don’t want.
Average and sometimes shitty? No thanks.
So, strike a stride in the middle.
Use your energy evenly so you don’t push yourself too hard that you break. Leave something in the tank so you’re not running on empty tomorrow. Play the long game so that you can stay in it.
Right now, take a look at where you’re at and the pace you’ve been going.
- Do you need to fully give your attention to everything on your plate right now?
- Is there anything you can ease up on or delegate out?
- Where is there any energy drain you can divert into something better?
Being consistently good isn’t a massive overhaul, but might just take a few tweaks.
But they’re tweaks that will save you down the road.