Performance Relativity

I’m a big believer that every person is on their own journey to be the best that they can possibly be. Putting that

journey into the context of anybody else’s journey is not only unrewarding but frankly a waste of time.

This is where the theory of performance relativity becomes important. We can all perform at our best (peak performance)and we can all fall short (not peak performance).

For example, Lebron James is a pretty high performer regardless of how we look at him. But he is also extremely in tune with the concept of relative performance because he often talks about how much more he can do. Depending on the context, and other factors, his performance may not be peak.

This is important because learning and performance in the workplace are often designed to be outcome-oriented.

But really, the journey is the destination and the outcome is not the true goal.

So go chase your peak performance. That day, that hour, that minute.

Try to think of your specific and very individualized situation as a child, parent, manager, owner, coach, teacher, etc as being in its own arena. And every other competitor in there is the version of you from a minute ago, an hour ago, a day ago, etc, etc, etc.

Ask yourself, am I trying to chase peak performance to a standard, an outcome, or others arenas?

Or is this journey to the peak in my own arena, and only I am playing, and it won’t ever end?

Because I promise…the second latter will take you further than the former as long as you commit to truly embracing the journey.


To learn how to help people perform and lead at THEIR best, check out our Real Learning with Real People episode with Sport Performance Consultant Ron Wuotila on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and anywhere else you get podcasts.

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