Living In The Past

hour glassA frequent barrier to improvement is that people don’t realize that it is an ongoing activity – all day – everyday.    Companies that have made significant improvements in the past and are doing well have a tendency to become complacent.   As improvement initiatives are introduced, you may hear  the words “We’ve done that” or “We’re already the low cost producer” or “There is nothing left to improve”.   These folks are “Living in the Past”, resting their future success on past accomplishments.   You might be a top performer or a low cost producer today, but if you don’t maintain a keen focus on continuous improvement, those who do will soon be taking your place.   Don’t let yourself get caught up in your own success.    Excellence is just a moment in time and without a constant drive for improvement, just like time it will slip away.