The Plateau


At some point somewhere in your life you were on fire. The world was your oyster. Every sunrise was the backdrop of opportunity and each sunset a grand finale to all that had happened. You were a dreamer, a doer, a thinker, a believer of possibilities who laughed at the petty foes that stood in your way.

You got speed. You made progress. A few connections here. A door opened there. There was a sign and a big break. You were on your path and making a name for yourself. 

Then it happened.

You got too busy. You were led astray. Things stopped going completely as planned. There was challenge, then doubt and eventually drive gave way to distraction.

And we're here, faced with the timeless dilemma that has taken so many dreams to the grave: Where to now? The way I see it, there are three ways to go and every option but the first is a step in the right direction.

1) Accept your defeat

"I'm too old now. That was a pipe dream. Somebody did it and did it better. It's too risky at this stage in my life. I don't have enough time. It's too much to handle. I wrote that off years ago. That was a different lifetime."

Sound familiar? 

2) Square up

Saddle up. Commit. 

  • Maybe it's 15 minutes a day where you pick up your laptop and write like you did as a child. Create.
  • Maybe it's one hour each Saturday where you attend that class and hone your skills. Participate.
  • Maybe it's calling that partner or reaching out to the investor to see if the offer is still there. Connect.
  • Maybe it's switching the nightly scotch for a sketchpad. Prioritize.
  • Maybe it's a day off work to plan beyond the immediate to-do list and focus on the future. Forecast.
  • Maybe it's quitting to begin anew. Move.
  • Maybe it's selling the clutter to buy the tools. Gather.
  • Maybe it's asking a mentor to call out your blind spots. Grow.
  • Perhaps most importantly, maybe it's changing the story that you've told yourself for so long. Believe.

"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow" - old proverb

3) Change course

Life is full of seasons and maybe the ship truly has sailed. Stop standing on the same shore hoping it will return and set your sights on new land. 

Have you forgotten? You are a dreamer, a doer, a thinker, a believer of possibilities who once laughed at the petty foes that stood in your way. Keep that flame.