2-25-21: The Leap Cycle of Improvement
Today's Think Better Newsletter introduces the Leap Cycle of improvement. (This is the central idea of Chapter 1, which you may have already read. But I was asked if I had something everyone can share, so I'm using this newsletter for that purpose. Plus I can use images with color here :)
The better we can visualize what we are doing, the more likely we will be to make good decisions and do high quality work. The Leap Cycle is a mental model for how improvement happens. It gives us a framework to better understand the relationship between the quality of the work we do today and the success we have in the future.
There are three distinct phases (and two transition periods). Below I've included the description from the book about what those stages feel like.
The Sustain phase isn't where it ends. If you can find a way to improve your training again, you can transition into your next Build phase.
This is important because the better you appreciate how improvement happens, the more you can draw on that understanding to keep you going when it gets tough.
Here are 3 key things to keep in mind as you work toward making your next leap.
1. Consistency really is the key. It's easy to get enamored by the way somebody bursts onto the scene or a video goes viral. But A) that doesn't really happen in most fields and B) even viral sensations typically have a lot of consistent, unseen work at their foundations. Consistency will lead to success, and the results you achieve can be just as dynamic.
2. Daily improvement is the goal. But that's not enough! You have to retain that improvement. Anything you can do that keeps you from slipping backwards is fundamentally contributing to you making a leap. In training I call this the Hidden Training Program...all the things you really need to do to be successful.
3. The Leap Cycle can be repeated. To transition from Sustain to Build, you simply need to find a way to increase your quality. Maybe you can do more, maybe you can do it harder, maybe you can simply recover better. But each Leap Cycle is preceded by a sustained improvement of some kind.
What is an area where you can improve your consistency? (You know what you need to do ;)
Go Be More,
Author of Make the Leap: Think Better, Train Better, Run Faster and the companion Think Better Workbook
Co-host of the Go Be More Podcast
“I'm confident to say that if you want to grow in a profession, consistency is the key. I'm strict about my work goals and training.”
- Eliud Kipchoge
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