The dictionary defines plateau as: to reach a state of little or no growth or decline, to stop increasing or progressing, or to remain at a stable level of achievement.
To many of my clients, the word plateau is a dreaded word.
It implies lack of movement, specifically movement towards their most desired goal… weight loss.
In your career, you might look at the level you’ve reached in your organization, wanting to move up and feeling stymied where you are.
In a relationship, a love relationship, think of the woman who believes all things should keep moving forward.
And perhaps her partner is happy to stay where he is.
When this stability happens, and we’re not where we envision ending up, we brainstorm and plan to ‘attack’ this plateau… bust through it, conquer it, and FORCE some movement.
But what if a plateau was a good thing?
What if a plateau was a gift?
Why not look at this lack of movement as a chance to regroup, to assess where you are, and to review where you want to go?
And just be there.
In the plateau.
Maybe it’s a time to get used to the movement you’ve already made.
Maybe it’s a time to breathe in your progress so far.
To make it a part of you.
Your new normal.
And from this new normal, more change may be possible.
I think, when you’re making changes and growing, whether it’s your body or your relationships, you make these changes in steps.
And when you plateau, you’ve reached a step.
Instead of panicking and beating yourself forward, stop.
Just stop and be where you are.
From this point, from this peaceful place, you can decide.
To change your actions.
To think differently about your goals.
Maybe even to change your goals.
Maybe you will decide to keep moving forward.
The plateau is the universe’s way of saying to us, “Pause. You’re at this stage of your evolution. Take it in. Then you can decide.”