Getting to the point when you’re ready to take action on starting something new is a very monumental moment.
That strike of inspiration comes to you out of thin air. You go from having an idea to actually making a plan to begin.
You have an “aha” moment and get that tingly feeling when you think about your new venture. The idea phase is quite fun as you get to analytically and creatively think and write down your plan.
Then it’s time to execute. Everything goes well. You carefully planned it out and thought everything through. Initially you experience incredible amounts of progress. Every passing day you achieve one more win and you get the momentum going. Every day you are one step closer to the big picture vision.
After so many days and weeks of progress, you finally hit a plateau. You aren’t seeing as much progress anymore. You lose steam. You lost that initial excitement you had. Things seem to slow down and the progress gets smaller and smaller. You start to wonder if it was a good idea and if you should throw in the towel.
You hit a point where you want to give up.
It happens to everyone. I mean everyone. Why? You will always hit a plateau no matter what new venture, project, or habit you want to start. Eventually the big leaps of progress will get smaller as you move farther along the project into more challenging phases.
You’re going to feel deflated, unmotivated, and question your abilities for this great new venture you set out to accomplish.
Everyone feels this way at some point. Even successful people. They have felt this way in the pre-success stages and they will feel this way again post-success.
So what do you do when you want to give up? Do you immediately call it quits? There is a more strategic approach.
Here are a few simple tips to remember when you hit the point of giving up:
1. Focus on Your Why. Remember that feeling you had when you first got inspired and decided to take action? What did you feel then? Why were you so excited about it? What was your true “why” behind what you set out to accomplish?
2. Set a SMART Goal. Smart. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-bound. If you don’t begin with a SMART goal, it will be much too easy to fall off the wagon when you face a challenge. A SMART goal will help you set a real, achievable goal to attain within a given time frame.
3. Break Your Overall SMART Goal Down Into Smaller Wins. If you set out to do something within 100 days, set a smaller goal every 10 days to help push you forward and feel success along the way.
4. Work Hard. The beginning is always going to be the most difficult, especially in a new venture. You will have to grind day in and day out for the first few months. Recognize the beginning will require the most hard work in terms of not seeing the fruits of your labor right away.
5. Stay Consistent. If you focus on a new win every 10 days, it will push you to work every day to reach those victories. Make rewards frequent while always working toward the larger goal.
6. When Something Isn’t Working, Try Something Else. You may need to try a few different approaches before you get the result you want. It may take a few times before you see success but follow a good strategy.
7. Know When to Throw In the Towel. Successful people are successful because of experience they gained from previous failures. Those failures provided an experience that propelled them to try a smarter approach. It is okay to give up if you’ve truly given it your all and it is not moving forward they way you would have hoped.
Failure teaches some of the best lessons. So whether you're able to move past the plateau, or move onto something else, you are still a winner. You win because you took action on your dreams. Only 3% of people work toward a dream or goal. Congratulate yourself because you are part of that 3%.
Have you overcome a plateau? Let me know in the comments below.