Pushing Past a Plateau

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Dear Readers:

As I move into my second year as a studio owner, I can’t help but to think about the ways I want to better the studio, classes and my own practice. There is often talk about hitting a plateau in relation to fitness, but we can also find that we are “stuck” in life as well; I push myself to push through that feeling (though it’s not always easy!)

Today, I wanted to share a few ways I do this physically and professionally in the hopes it might help you do the same. I welcome your tips as I am always looking for new ways to progress and never assume my way is the only way or the best one.

With that in mind, I’ll share what I have found works for me.

Set one daily “mini goal”. Each day, take a moment to set an intention and choose the one single step you will make to move forward. It could be making a call, getting to class, signing up for something new, eating more veggies or asking for advice. The key is to make it productive, doable and to recognize that these steps add up quickly!

Keep a balanced focus. Looking too far into the future will make you feel too far away from your end-goal and looking back too long will give you a false sense of your current reality. Take a look at how you have progressed in the past 30 days and where you want to be 30 days from now and you’ll find progression easier to assess and manage.

Be gentle with yourself. Beating yourself up for not being where you “should be” or expected to be isn’t useful. The truth is that most of us don’t have a real understanding of what is truly possible for us in a certain timeframe without true research and strategy. To know what time needs to be allotted, keep a time journal for three weeks. Write down how you spend each hourly block of time and you’ll start to see patterns and areas of opportunity that can help you achieve your goals faster.

Be positive. Challenges are not made easier when infused with negativity. Even when something seems negative (a mistake, a setback, a painful situation) try and extract the lesson. How can you do better next time? What did you learn? How did you grow?

Much Love,

Jo