Progress towards goals can sometimes hit plateaus. Remember that you are not getting weaker in the waiting. Plateaus are periods where you may experience a temporary lack of progress or it feels like you are waiting. This can happen in various areas of life, such as fitness, learning, career, or personal development.
Some believe that the plateau effect is a law of nature. It is as real and as impactful as gravity or friction. Built directly into the genetic code of our bodies and into the planet we inhabit. The plateau effect explains why the world is full of one-hit wonders. Why do all good things come to an end? Why all trends fall and why most people get less for more. This is a challenge on how can you break through again and again.
This is why it is imperative to develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset describes a way of viewing challenges and setbacks. People who have a growth mindset believe that even if they struggle with certain skills, their abilities aren’t set in stone. They think that with work, their skills can improve over time.
Here are some outlined ways to work on developing a growth mindset.
Identify your own mindset
How you currently approach challenges in life can determine your current mindset.
Look at your own improvements
Think about something that you’re better at now than you were in the past. This can prompt you to think about the time and effort you’ve spent to improve in particular areas, the hallmarks of a growth mindset.
Seeking feedback from others is a good way to develop a growth mindset. They may give you insight into where you’ve developed or what needs improvement. In turn, this can help you to set goals for improvement.
Harness the power of ‘yet’
Patience is a virtue. You have to make this as your motivation. The word “yet” signifies that although you haven’t achieved or learned something at this moment, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to in the future. It opens up possibilities for growth and progress
Be kind to yourself
If someone was to fail at a task you know inside out, would you tell them they’re useless or encourage them to learn? You have to do the same for yourself. Do not beat yourself up if things go south.
Set realistic goals
By setting clear goals that provide a motivating challenge, you can work towards success.
Plateaus can be frustrating, but they are a natural part of the learning and growth process. Remember that everyone experiences plateaus at some point. The key is to develop a growth mindset and not hesitate to ask and receive help.
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