In today's world, the rapid pace of change and innovation leaves no room for complacency. Businesses have to continuously improve their products, services and processes to thrive. Athletes continuously improve their performance in pursuit of excellence. And to continue being successful, you also have to make an ongoing effort to improve your current level of proficiency and performance. Continuous improvement isn't optional. It's "a requirement rather than an aspiration," writes Sonia Thompson, who shares here some top tips from sociology professor Daniel Chambliss on how to perform at your best.