I have been a Beatles fan all of my life. This past summer was the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, considered by most Beatles ‘experts’ to be their greatest album. It occurred to me that the entire Beatles’ body of work, including this album, was produced before any of the band members turned 30 years old. That is astounding. Equally impressive is a Paul McCartney interview I read. At the time of the interview, the Beatles were at the peak of their popularity – the most famous group in the world. McCartney was perhaps 23 or 24 years old. What impressed me was that he said the Beatles strived daily to get better. I thought to myself, “They had a continuous improvement mindset.”
There is nothing that gets better, more efficient, more productive or improves in any way when left to itself. In fact, the opposite happens, as we all know from personal experience. If a business enterprise is not deliberately working every day to improve, it will eventually fall behind, struggle and quite possibly fail. Continuous improvement is a crucial mindset for business survival.
I know this. I teach it in every course. I try to apply it to my job and the classes I teach. And yet, it occurred to me while sitting in church a few weeks ago, that I do not have a continuous improvement mindset when it comes to my relationship with God. Consequently, I fall behind, struggle and often fail in my relationship.
I learned many years ago to not make New Year’s Resolutions. However, I have made a life resolution: I have adopted a continuous improvement mindset in all of my relationships, starting with my relationship with Jesus.