My boss once told me "You can't rely on your past performances, they are irrelevant today."
I'm sure we've heard this line one way or another, about being consistent. Some people have amazing starts but end up short in the end (ningas kugon) while others are slow like diesel engines and make runs afterwards (late bloomers). Either way they say the ones who get a leg up on everyone else are the ones who are consistent.
I partially disagree.
I'm a little uncomfortable with the word consistency, I think it applies more to recipes and dough and soups. To a person the word consistency has taken a different meaning.
Case in point.
The great motivational speaker Francis Kong was right when he said today is a creative economy and that ideas are its legal tender. What you know now will be obsolete tomorrow. Ergo, being consistent meaning executing according to certain standard will eventually bring you to point called "mediocre".
Well, simply because what if everyone else became better? What if the standards change? What if the game changes completely? Your standards will then be outdated through natural progression. What do you do then?
Face the brutal fact that the standards are getting higher and that good is not enough anymore. Don't just be consistent with every performance, be better. While everyone else is trying to match their last work you are the one upping your ante.
Put pressure on your self.
Try these 3 points:images (2)
1.) Retreat and take time to analyze
2.) Measure and re-evaluate your standards
3.) Read at least 1 new book or 5 new articles each month, minimum.
Look back, look forward, get better.
Do not be consistent, be excellent.