Sole Searching is intended and designed to generate and create serious thinking and deep consideration regarding one’s beliefs, motivation and driving force to finally move yourself to the next level. – Frank Sole, Triathlon and Swim Coach
Life Exists on the Plateau
Joyce Meyers made a very keen observation regarding the idea of make progress: “When we make progress that quickly, it feeds our emotions. Then, when there’s a period of waiting or we hit a plateau, we find out how committed we really are and whether we’re going to see things through to the finish or quit.” The challenge with rapid improvement and progress in any endeavor is that we expect and hope for continual growth and refinement. The problem is that the better and more advanced we are the longer on the plateau we may be. We feel stuck, frustrated and may question ourselves and our abilities.
We have no real idea how long to expect to be on the plateau but it is critical to avoid looking for the quick fix, every popular hack, five simple secrets or any other band aid. No, the plateau is where we embrace and become dedicated to the process. George Leonard in his book Mastery warns “We were working hard, doing the best we could to improve our skills, but we learned the perils of getting ahead of ourselves and now we are willing to stay on the plateau as long as is necessary.” Leonard goes on to say: “Ambition was still there, but it was tamed. Once again, we enjoyed our training, we loved the plateau and we made progress.” Please know that the plateau exists. This is where as Bill Graham once said: “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing; practice patience and being persistent.