by Tony Richards
Hitting a plateau is a natural occurrence for every person.
Hitting a plateau is not “peaking out”. Peaking out means you have hit a high spot that you are not likely to hit again. Hitting a plateau is not failure. A failure means you have hit the end of any motion, forward or backward. Failure means you are finished in this area, it’s over.
Hitting a plateau is more like hitting the end of forward progression. You had a growth spurt and now it seems no matter what you try, you can’t seem to get it going again. You are just kind of, well, stuck.
Hitting a plateau means that the challenge you initiated has now turned the tables and is challenging you, and now there is a good old fashioned stand-off. You are not moving forward and it doesn’t seem to be yielding ground to you any longer. Unfortunately, sometimes this leads to giving up, frustration or reverting back to bad or old habits.
The opposite way to responding to hitting a plateau is to feel challenged and respond accordingly. You can decide you have been prodded into re-evaluating your perspective and your goals.
What you can do:
Remember, as far as employment in an organization, if 100 people are hired, only 10 will reach middle management, and 1 will reach executive level. It gets tougher the higher your go and requires more attention to plateauing.
If your plateau is occurring in something other than employment, the same points I outlined apply to many different situations. Diets, sales, businesses, sports, etc. Closely examine why you may have hit a plateau, but don’t jump off the cliff. Stay focused, get renewed and go forward.
For additional reading on this, see my post on 3 Possible Reasons Why You Are Stuck.