This 1 thing will change your life, guaranteed!

choose progress not perfection concept handwritten on blackboard with heart symbol instead of OOK, I admit it. The headline sounds like an infomercial or a bad car salesman. The image of a snake oil salesman comes to mind hawking his magic elixir. “Step right up, ladies and gentlemen!”

You’ve heard over and over that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I agree with that…if someone else is telling you.

But this is me we’re talking about.

The difference between me and the snake oil salesman is that I have proof that this one thing will change your life.

Here it is: Understand the plateau.


It’s simple. When you start learning something or working on a new project, it can be exciting and stimulating at first. After a while, though, things begin to slow down. Your learning curve isn’t as steep as before. You start having less fun than at the beginning. You start to get bored.

You quit.

Over the years, people in my classes have reported that understanding the plateau meant they didn’t quit anymore like they used to.

Not quitting means you always have a chance to do more and better. More than that, though, it means you start to understand patience and perseverance, ingredients that are critical to your success.

Once I learned about the plateau, the game changed. I started doing the things I wanted to with a different mindset. I started succeeding where before I was failing.

Here’s the secret: When you hit a plateau, keep working. Keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing, day in and day out. Light bulbs will come on. Progress will be made. People will appear to help you. And you’ll see connections between things that you never noticed before. You’ll make more progress than you ever thought possible.

You may have heard about John; I talk about him a lot. He’s one of many of my students who got a flash of inspiration from understanding the plateau. He’s the guy who used to weigh 400 lbs. and had lousy relationships with his wife and teenage daughters. He never finished a project, and he never pursued what he really wanted to in life.

Until he came to understand the plateau.

Understanding it meant he could get off his own back. It meant he knew that there was a leap of progress up ahead. He just had to hang on long enough to reach it.

Well, he did. In the past two and a half years, he got down to 280 lbs., wrote a book, finished all of his unfinished projects, and improved his relationship with his wife and daughters. And he’s just getting started.

Just by understanding the true nature of the plateau, he changed his life.

And if he can, so can you.

Get the Nerve!

About Joe Serio

Dr. Joe Serio is a keynote speaker, trainer, and author who helps the people in your organization navigate resistance to change so they can move forward successfully.

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