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.

Week 88, Volume 88

That Darn Plateau

                    Changes in life are almost never instantaneous. -Dan Dapani

It seems inevitable that at some point in our lives we hit a plateau. Name the arena: our careers, relationships, physical training, weight loss, we seem to be stuck. At times, the plateau feels like a brief and short-lived experience and we simply move on. Other times, it seems like we have set up base camp with no pending orders of moving off anytime soon. Below are 3 Ps to assist in moving toward your goals.

Patience:  As you have often heard “This too shall pass.” Stay the course if you believe in your process. If the line of approach is solid and sound, keep going.

Persistence: In the book, The Masters Journey, George Leonard addresses the topic of plateau: “You have to be willing to spend most of your time on a plateau, to keep practicing even when you seem to be getting nowhere.”

Practice: We learn by practice in all areas of our life since we were infants. We quickly determine what works and what doesn’t. We practice and practice some more. In some respects, we have all become professionals in the arena of practice. You may be trying to do too much in our western world of multitasking. Focus on narrowing down your bandwidth.

Personally, what I have found in my own experience is when I am stuck on a plateau, I simply have not given the task enough of my undivided attention or it really wasn’t that important in the first place. The plateau has the power to actually be a wonderful and marvelous place. It can create a sense of priority, a right of way of sorts for the things most important to us. Simply put, how bad do you want something and what are you willing to do to shift your momentum.