Where has this year gone? I must say this at the same time every year, but this time it seems to have flown at a scary pace. I have already broken my vow of no Christmas food before December and have freaked myself out seeing the last quarter as my last chance to achieve our goals. This year has been a learning curve and hasn’t always gone to plan. This has left me feeling like we have hit a bit of a plateau. If I don’t take control of my thoughts, I find myself in a tug of war with my mind; wanting to achieve everything now and knowing that I am not in a race and have time to get there.
The trouble with tug of wars are, when both sides have equal pull, you’re not going anywhere and you end up shattered. There is a quote by Tony Robbins, “people over estimate what they can do in a year, but under estimate how much they can do in 10 years”.
Before we started our business, the plateaus I would have normally encountered would have been weight related. Start a healthy eating plan, do well, hit the plateau, get impatient and sabotage myself. To the rational mind of someone who doesn’t battle with weight, this seems stupid and easy to fix and on paper it is. To sabotage yourself makes no rational sense. Alas, the mind can be a challenging place at the best of times, so I will never be quick to judge someone who isn’t doing ‘what is totally obvious’. As I was told once by a pro, “there is a reason behind everything we do, whether it serves you positively or negatively.” This is why I don’t buy into a one size fits all approach to anything in life, we are all battling our own gremlins and react in weird and wonderful ways. We just have to get to grips with what ours are, so we can move forward.
Plateaus in business can be very subtle, you can be run ragged and not actually getting anywhere. Your fatigue and knowledge of how hard you are working frustrates you because of the lack of progress against your goals.
If you’re working hard and want it really badly, why do these plateaus happen? For us, we went hard, took massive action, got momentum, got smacked in the face with difficult times, encountered some sharks along the way and lost some confidence. The compound effect, (read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen if you don’t know about this little gem) works for you and against you just the same. It doesn’t take long for the momentum to drop and the effects to ripple out.
I genuinely believe that deep down we all know why something isn’t working. When you take away the excuses that soothe tired minds; the reason why the progress isn’t being made becomes a lot clearer. If you can face this truth for yourself, (you don’t need to prove anything to anyone else) at least you will have the starting point for turning it around.
This process for me hurt.
Little actions, over and over again. Don’t try and get into a race/ competition however your brain phrases it; you will be put off by the whirlwind around you.
All the greats in business and personal development talk about this.
This week I sat and re-wrote our business plan. I felt like I had lost my way and needed to see exactly what I’m going for in black and white, mapped out with actions. I thought I was getting clear, I ran it past my mentor and I still need to drill down to the absolute core. This comes back to the “One Thing” another great book and a topic I wrote about.
Know your gremlins
My gremlins come in the form of; anxiety, cup of tea procrastination, self doubt and overwhelm. I don’t waste lots of time on social media, but I do freak myself out and drink 2 cups of tea before I feel mentally prepared. Whatever your gremlins are, you need to know them and how to get around them. When we say we don’t have time, usually we have let a few of these take over.
I think I am now writing about patience on a weekly basis. I speak to so many people who are just starting out in property and have to get through that initial phase of working really hard, taking big action and seeing no immediate results. The doubt has started to creep in as to whether it works and the energy can start to dip. There is a difference between a plateau because your progress has stagnated and things taking time. A plateau tends to happen when we stop doing certain things that get results or we become used to what we are doing and don’t push past that level. Being patient and persistent is part of the process and something you have to build your faith in. If you stop taking action, the results will never come.
For me, giving up isn’t an option. So I only have two alternatives, push past the plateau, make my peace with the fact that things have taken more time and get on with it, or don’t and waste more time faffing about and still come out at the same outcome.
Nobody wants to live in a groundhog day cycle.
How do you get through your plateau moments?