Consistency and perfection are uneasy neighbours. The presence of one often compromises the other.
In the past, I have often broken commitments to habits and routines, because on some days, the product would simply not live up to my expectations. My pursuits – writing, guitar, running, chess and so on would all ebb and flow sporadically. This is because in our world, consistency is respected, but perfection is worshipped.
In recent times, I have decided to give consistency a fair shot. Consistency can be hard and requires a relentless mindset. I have revisited my approach to prioritise consistency, often varying other factors to make it easier to do something regularly – chief among them being perfection.
Perfection is random. We could model perfection as a function that oscillates wildly around a mean value. On some days, we perform exceedingly well, and on others, we simply don’t. This is simply how we work. But what about consistency ? Consistency steadily increases the value of the mean as a whole.
The result of consistency and perfection working together is what we call genius.