The plateau effect is a force of nature that lessens the effectiveness of once effective measures over time. The plateau effect is a state that is experienced when the human body fails to respond to exercise that has proven effective in the past, similar to the concept of diminishing returns. A person enters into a period where there is no improvement or a decrease in performance. (thank you Wikipedia)
My fingers like lead, the cursor… cursing and not an ounce of quiet to be found anywhere. Especially not in my head. I was stuck.
Looking back now, I can see it. I was swallowed in disappointment – literally steeped in it. Immobilized by the fall out of several goals and aspirations. Surrounded by things that weren’t, I couldn’t see the things that were.
It happens to all of us at one time or another. We start the year off with great intentions, full of motivation. And then it happens.
We plateau. In our dreams. In our goals. In our efforts towards success.
I googled this issue (hence the wikipedia quote), and found one point quite interesting. Wikipedia said that one of the causes of plateauing is … wait for it… perfectionism.
Procrastination might be my enemy, but perfectionism is my game. Perfectionism it’s my fall back, my rut – especially when I feel lost, frustrated, even disappointed. I seek for ways to “perfect”, to do it better, with more excellence. Funny thing starts happening though — when we focus on “doing”, we forget to be.
Last year I got stuck. Bad. Things had fallen through on a few projects and then more life started happening – the crazy kind of life – the part of life you’d rather avoid. The swarm was coming, I could feel it. The swarm of insecurity – the shame storm. Head first I slid right into perfectionism and onto a plateau of nothing. Everything stalled out. Creativity. Faith. Goals. Shoot- even my health.
And then an old piece I’d written got published into a compilation book. In the wake of seeking perfect, I’d forgotten about it. It wasn’t even near my level of expectation, but when it showed up bound with pages in black ink in the middle of my plateau, I ran smack into myself. The one who loves to write, the one who loves words and finds freedom with them. In that moment I remembered to be. I remembered me.
Overcoming plateaus is about breaking the routine. It’s about getting back to the why, back to the who. Perfectionism will steal that. Surrender will reveal it.
~ The Giveaway ~
Its unexpected. Ruts are undetected until you realize you want out, but you have no idea how or when you fell into it in the first place. Ruts (previously referred to as plateaus) are more about the what and less about the who. The giveaway today did just that, it sent a simple reminder of who I am and who I am called to be. There isn’t anything overtly profound about this book, other than it is a collection of imperfect writers sharing their imperfect stories. These stories weren’t written for perfect oration or even for a spot on the New York Times Best Seller list – these stories are about being. Being real.
So today- I’m giving TWO copies of The Five Minute Friday Book: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat.
~ Here’s the How~
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