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In Defense of Plateaus…

Posted By: Randy GageJanuary 10, 2019

Sometimes you’re going to feel stuck or blocked.  You’ll be in a holding pattern on a plateau.  And we all know that plateaus are bad, right?  It means you’re lazy or stupid, and you’re not evolving and growing.  But is all that really true? 

Sometimes.

And sometimes not.  No one, absolutely no one can be on a continuous upward trajectory.  Not LeBron James in basketball, not Garry Kasparov in chess, not Maya Angelou in poetry, and not you in whatever your jam is.  Sometimes you need a breather to regroup and gather your wits.  And sometimes there is a very valuable purpose for being in a plateau…

Because you are turning new behaviors into habits.

And if that’s the case, you’re accomplishing something essential and significant.  So stop beating yourself up when you’re in a plateau.  Sometimes that’s exactly where you need to be.

Just don’t live there.

- RG

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5 comments on “In Defense of Plateaus…”

  1. I believe we begin to rattle on a plateau when we get seduced into comparison. It takes our focus away from the gem of greatness within us and tempts us to copy others. How boring and unsatisfying!

  2. Makes total sense, Randy! When you think about mountain climbing expeditions, it's not about rushing to the top. In fact, as a matter of safety, they take planned breaks or "plateaus" as they move up the mountain to conserve energy and gauge their progress and changing conditions. Those "plateaus" are beneficial and should be used as such.

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  • 5 comments on “In Defense of Plateaus…”

    1. I believe we begin to rattle on a plateau when we get seduced into comparison. It takes our focus away from the gem of greatness within us and tempts us to copy others. How boring and unsatisfying!

    2. Makes total sense, Randy! When you think about mountain climbing expeditions, it's not about rushing to the top. In fact, as a matter of safety, they take planned breaks or "plateaus" as they move up the mountain to conserve energy and gauge their progress and changing conditions. Those "plateaus" are beneficial and should be used as such.

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