Lot's of people call me crazy because I practice Bikram Yoga - a rigorous 90 minute Yoga workout in a room heated to 105 degrees (minimum) and about 50% humidity. (they call me crazy for many other reasons as well - but this essay is about Yoga).
It was very difficult to get started but soon I was putting together many of the required elements and doing my best to advance into the correct postures with maximum effort. Having a satisfying Yoga practice requires putting together all the required elements (focus, breath, flexibility, strength, being hydrated, and many more) continuously while doing the work to the best of my ability.
If I only focus on one or two elements - I do not get very far and do not make much progress. If I am tired and I dog a posture - the result is also substandard.
There is a beginning to every Yoga posture but there is no end. You can progress as deep as you care to go.
Maintenance reliability is very similar in that we must learn all the required elements, and practice them all at the same time - to the best of our ability. If we loose focus on some of the elements we do not get very far and we do not make much progress.
My Yoga teachers say 90% right and 10% wrong = 100% wrong. You must try to do it all right and your must try do it all right all of the time.
There is a beginning to maintenance reliability but there is no end. You can go deeper and deeper daily. The journey is continuous.
Does that mean you will not make mistakes as you progress?
No - like Yoga - you will fall as you move to deeper levels of maintenance reliability - but that is not important if you are making progress. What is important is that you return to your maintenance reliability focus and go as deep as you can. With small incremental progress daily - you will be surprised at how fast you develop your maintenance reliability practice.
Dig in and learn as much as you can at this year's Solutions 2.0 conference. Get back to work with new elements to add to your maintenance reliability practice and go as deep as you can. Then come back next year and learn about more of the elements you need to go even deeper.
The benefits of Yoga and the benefits of maintenance reliability make the world a much better place.