The following excerpt comes from the book “Every Day is Game Day” by Mark Verstegen. The book is part motivation and philosophy and part cutting edge training program.
Regardless of whether you agree with Verstegen or not, his take on performance is definitely thought provoking and worth reading.
YOUR BEST ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH.
That sounds harsh, and indeed it is. But having worked with the best of the best over the last two decades, I’ve learned what it takes to be the best.
Anyone can hit excellence for a day, even a week or a month. That’s easy. But a high performer is one who does it consistently for years over the course of a career.
You can be talented, work hard, and do all the right things, and it might not be enough. Not anymore. These days, performance is about results. It’s not just showing up every day, working hard, and doing the right things. That’s great. That’s expected. Performance is about showing up every day and hitting the bull’s-eye regardless of the situation.
Performance is about efficiency. If you’ve picked up this book, you’re either a high performer looking to take things up a notch or someone aspiring to be a high performer. Regardless of who you are, you need to become more efficient in every aspect of your life in order to sustain that high performance and raise the bar every day.
That’s why your best isn’t good enough. I don’t care who you are. My best is not good enough. It’s not good enough for my family, my colleagues, or my country. It might have been sufficient yesterday or last year. But it won’t be good enough for tomorrow or next year. Instead, what will make us high performers is how relentlessly we hone our lives every day to become smarter and more efficient.