"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
Sometime in your life you will encounter a plateau. It may be in the gym, at work or school, in a relationship, a plateau can really occur in any aspect of your life. Nothing feels worse than to be working as hard as you possibly can at something and realizing you’re not any closer to reaching your goals. Your lost, you feel like giving up and don’t know where to go from here. So how do you break a plateau?
First off understand that plateaus are expected and are not necessarily bad. With anything you do you will encounter plateaus. Why? Because there are aspects of our lives we simply cannot control. Plans may change, your environment may change, your entire thought process may change. Maybe a goal you had before is no longer as relevant to you as another. So how do you keep moving forward?
Make your Blueprint
Exactly what is it that you want? Now as crazy as this may sound this might be the hardest part of breaking your plateau. You need to know exactly what it is you are looking for. If you have more than one goal, prioritize and pick one goal. Trying to do too much at once will just make your progress in any avenue slower and lower quality.
Find your 1st step
Now you know what you want but how do you get there? Figure out where you need to start. It really helps to write a list. Sit down and brain storm what exactly you will need to do to reach your goals. If you don’t know what to do, learn and begin taking the steps necessary.
Every 2 weeks reevaluate your goals. Look at what steps you took in those 2 weeks to bring you closer to your goal. Is your plan working? If you have not made progress then it might be time to try a different approach at reaching your goals.
Life is always going to surprise you. Things you have never thought would happen will happen. Unfortunately no matter how long you lay awake at night, these are things you simply cannot plan for. In these times you must adapt. Take a step back, know your goals, ensure you are taking steps towards reaching them, reevaluate the success rate and continually adapt to life’s many challenges.