Every journey has moments where you feel like you are making no progress at all. Plateaus are part of every practice and pursuit towards mastery. You’re putting in the hours, but you’ve reached your current limitation.

Plateaus are moments of uncertainty. We’ve used up and leveraged all the ideas and resources we have, but we’ve reached a point of stasis where the results are not as clear as before. We are putting in the hard work but we are not seeing the results we were previously seeing.

Plateaus are defining moments. They allow us to prove how committed we are. Things have slowed down, and/or your interest has waned— will you keep moving forward or will you give up?

I find it helpful to realize that I’ve plateaued, and through the act of noticing, I can try different things and figure out how to up the ante.

Sometimes the answer is simply to keep going. In this case, the plateau is a mind game. We are making progress, but the results are adding up so subtlety we often miss them. We’re walking through a tunnel but haven’t seen the light yet. But if we stay consistent, our small improvements will eventually add up to something noticeable.

If consistently isn’t making any headway, then we need to change our approach. We could take on the challenge from a different angle by testing our assumptions and trying new things. Who’s done this before and what habits, traits, questions, and actions did they use to find a way forward? We could also reproach the fundamentals. We were a beginner when we started, so there’s likely a lot of things we missed the first time. Mastering the basics raises us to a new playing field.

It’s also to remind yourself of where you’ve been. We often have made much more progress since the beginning of our journey than we realize.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1279

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