Peak Performance vs. Consistency

Dieting is all about consistency; weight loss goals are made or broken in the 5% of the time you’re at your worst. Compare that to weightlifting, where prowess is measured by a single maximum. What’s the most you were ever able to lift in an attempt?

Professions can be similarly characterized. Celebrity chefs win based on the creativity and originality of a handful of signature dishes. The job is about peak performance. In contrast, restaurant chefs ship hundreds of dishes a night under intense time pressure and scrutiny. Consistency is what matters.

Postal workers aren’t evaluated by the fastest time they ever completed their route. And, graphic designer don’t get credit for quickly shipping 35 logos that fail to resonate.

Should you be more focused on delivering peak performance or consistency in your work? How do your goals, habits, processes and time commitments reflect that choice?

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