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I meet a lot of
These kind spirits make a convincing argument of how they have all they need.
But they keep going after more.
They tell me they have become the person they want to be.
But something drives them to take better care of themselves.
They talk about how they are doing all they ever wanted to do.
But they involve themselves in one new project after the next.
So why on the one hand do they say things are fine just the way there are, yet on the other hand they act otherwise?
We’ll save the answer to that question for another time. Instead, I want tolet you in on a little secret…
It’s about what these gorgeous souls have in common.
They all know about the Peril of Plateau.™
When I was a child,
Think of a plateau like that stagnant water. It’s a point where your life is
Yet therein lies the danger…
When you reach the plateau and things are fine just the way they are, you might be one step away from stagnation…
And there can be a lot more lurking in there than a few hungry mosquitoes… like stagnating health, where you start to notice things about how your physical or mental condition is deteriorating, stagnating relationships and support structures that either don’t exist or are not being nurtured in the way they could be, stagnating work that feels more like an obligation than a vocation, stagnating wealth that erodes faster than it grows, stagnating use of time that passes all too quickly or not fast enough, stagnating contribution and significance, and so on.
Now let’s get back to those wonderful and talented souls.
Each of them at one stage of life or another, or in one or more of the 7 areas of life, reached points of plateau.
In fact hitting a plateau is something everyone experiences from time to time, regardless of level of success, track record, or positive outlook on life.
But instead of staying at plateau, these gorgeous souls made a choice to keeping growing, stretching, and even challenging themselves.
Why? Because the Peril of Plateau is closely related to what I term the principle of AGAI: Always Grow and Improve. When you do something to