Breaking Through Plateaus

Have you ever experienced a plateau in your health or fitness even when you are working so hard to succeed? It can be frustrating and can leave you feeling defeated with the urge to give up on or retreat from your goals. I was experiencing that with my health and fitness goals until recently when I made the decision to do something different. It made me realize the same thing can happen in life and business. No matter how hard you are working to achieve your goals, you may hit periods of plateaus that are difficult to break though.

Perhaps you are not getting the traction that you want for the effort you are putting out in sales and marketing. It may be that you have hit a financial plateau yet you have been working to hit a higher financial or revenue goal. Maybe it’s an energy plateau; no matter how hard you try, you run out of energy and do not get everything done you want to accomplish. Or it may be a health goal that you are working hard on to break through a plateau.

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Here are 4 things you can do to bust through that stubborn plateau.

  • Switch up your routine. Just as with fitness goals, shaking up your daily routine can help you bust through a stubborn plateau. It’s so easy to get into the same habits day after day. Whether it is a lifestyle routine or a work routine, periodically switching up your routine can bring the energy and focus needed to break through.
  • Take care of your health. Be sure that you are getting the proper amount of sleep and maybe switch up your routine such as go to bed an hour early and get up and hour early or avoiding alcohol in the evening or caffeine in the afternoon. Also, what you put into your mouth will affect your energy during the day and your brain power. Modify your diet to support your health and your goals. And of course, exercise releases the feel- good endorphins to create greater energy reserves as your push through your goals.
  • Supersets! In the world of strength training and body building, a concept called supersets is a way to break through fitness plateaus. This can be applied to life and business as well. Basically a superset is doing back to back exercises without resting. You can do this with your to-do list. Plan out your daily activities, and then do them back to back without the distraction of a break. I generally suggest working for 50-55 minutes then taking a break but when you are supersetting, you would want to double or triple your time before you take a break. This is not something you want to make a habit, yet doing it for a week or two my break you loose from the plateau.
  • Get support. If you are struggling to break through a plateau, get support. Find an accountability partner, hire a coach or engage a friend or co-worker. A coach can really assist you to see where your sticking point is and give your strategies to break through as well as hold you accountable. If you would like support from me as a coach, email me at Annette@annettepieper.com

Busting through a plateau can be a challenge because it takes us out of our comfort zone and requires us to do something different. Many people want the results yet do not want to do the work. I highly suggest putting in the work or effort to get a different result and don’t hesitate to contact me if you are ready to invest in coaching support.

 

 

 

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