What’s an Excellence Threshold, I hear you ask.
Well, you have one and so do I.
Busier but not Better
For this brief lesson, your Excellence Threshold relates primarily to your business (if you have one), career, projects and your own personal and professional development. In general terms, it’s the point where you stop doing a few things well and start doing more things… er, less well. It’s where you move from being productive to unproductive. Excellent to average. In control to overwhelmed. Calm to crazy.
You are busier but not better.
And we all do it. We take on more and more stuff (commitments, projects, responsibilities, work) until we get to the point where we’re doing a hundred things at two-out-of-ten. Busily achieving little more than exhaustion, frustration and survival. Quantity without quality. On a practical level, to understand and manage our own Excellence Threshold is a crucial component of staying productive, positive, efficient, effective and most importantly, healthy and happy.
Over the years I’ve watched people over-commit and under-perform, with the end result being damage to their health, confidence, relationships, career and even their reputation. Or in 2013-speak, their personal brand.
In relation to my Excellence Threshold, here are some questions I often ask myself…
Q. Taking into account my other commitments, how many quality posts can I produce each week (before I’m churning out crap)?
Q. From a quality control perspective, how many hours of work (per week) is too many for me?
Q. How many excellent presentations can I deliver per month?
Q. How many powerful coaching sessions can I facilitate per day?
Q. In terms of maintaining my health, energy and passion, how many interstate trips (per month) is too many for me?
Q. Considering my age, training background and goals, where’s the line between optimal training and over-training for me (in terms of exercise intensity, frequency and overall volume)?
So, in relation to your Excellence Threshold, what questions should you be asking yourself?