Hello and happy Monday! I was texting a friend of mine back and forth this morning, and she signed off of our conversation with “have a meaningful Monday” and I really liked that. I think this blog series could actually be more meaningful than motivational at times. I hope you agree.
Today’s motivation (or meaningful-ness, if you may) is about training. It goes a bit hand in hand with last week’s post on Discipline. If you recall – and if you don’t, click on the previous sentence – I defined discipline as “small and measurable efforts being made consistently and over time”.
We have all been disciplined and tried “something” repeatedly, but how well did you maintain that effort when you hit a plateau or ran out of self-generated momentum? I came across the quote below recently and it really hit home for me. As an entrepreneur, I fell to the level of my training last year. It was very disappointing because my expectations were greater than my results. I was a little hard on myself because I inherently know I could have done better, but upon reflection, I recognized the plateau and where I needed more training.
“Training” can be applied to all areas of our life if you think about it. Most often, we (I) think about it within the confines of health and fitness. So many times we start a program, but we don’t see progress quickly enough, or we hit a plateau and don’t push through it. Consistent training and learning new things encourages breaking our old records. Changing our routines to improve our results.
Last year in business, and previously with my health & fitness, I would work work work, see results, work work work some more and not see results and get frustrated and quit doing whatever it was that I thought wasn’t working. Ouch. That last sentence wasn’t so easy to write. (I wish I could go back in time and thump my old self in the forehead for being such a goober.) Seriously, the key is to work work work, see results and then work work work some more and recognize the plateau – AND KEEP WORKING THROUGH IT.
You can see in the graphic below that working through the plateaus STILL directs your path upward, no matter what goal you are training for.
Whether it is your golf swing, your sales funnel, improving your health & fitness, increasing the joy in your relationships, et cetera et cetera et cetera, this theory is applicable. Once I recognized this Training Effect, and how it applied to every.single.area of my life, there was so much more freedom. So much more grace I could give myself. So much more room for growth because I am not starting and stopping things when I hit a plateau.
I have since enlisted assistance in the areas I have maxed out my own knowledge in order to continually grow through my plateaus. Recognizing I do not “know it all” was the first step. Things are always changing. What worked for you / me X years ago, may not work now. Whether you train with a coach or take courses or read up on the topic you’re wanting to improve is up to you, but don’t stop training. Ever.
Monday Motivation. Meaningful Monday. Either way, make it a great one!