Hitting the Plateau
It’s coming. The question is what are you going to do when you hit that plateau? Are you going to throw in the towel, or are you going to find a way through?
What’s my take on this? I believe that plateaus are a test of how bad you want something.
It’s about gaining the perspective of how far you’ve come and how you have gotten to where you are.
Two People Swim Across the Lake
Both people get halfway across. One turns around and goes back, but the other person finishes and gets all the way across.
Think about that for a second… Even though the first person turned around, they still had to swim the same distance back from where they started.
You're both swimming. One believes they can get to the other side, but the other person is scared, so they go back to where they came from. Even though it’s the same exact distance.
What are you going to do when you hit that plateau? What are you going to do when things get difficult? What are you going to do when you’re hit with adversity?
Are you going to get to the other side, or are you going to stop and turn around?
You’re Closer Than You Think
How many people do you know that drop off, or quit, when they’re 10 pounds away from their weight loss goal?
It’s the same in a sport such as powerlifting. So many people drop off when they’re so close to hitting the total that they’re after.
What about the workplace and career? Think about all the people that stop trying when they’re one promotion away from where they want to be.
It’s hard to see this sometimes, especially when you’re in the moment. Not to mention that you’re not entitled to any sort of time frame. It doesn’t happen on your time; it happens when it happens.
That’s just how it works. There’s no time clock.
Think About How Far You’ve Come
Think about it this way… you’re closer to reaching your goals now than when you first started. You’re one step closer.
The takeaway here? Keep your head down and work. When you’re hit with an obstacle, find a way through.
Will things suck from time to time? Yes. Will one thing happen after another sometimes? Yes.
View these adversities and minor setbacks as tests. Tests of mental toughness and fortitude to see if you have what it takes to get through to the other side.