No, not Plagiarism... Plateau
I have two ever-elusive goals, mostly because I have yet to embrace the Zen of Just Being. They involve writing and weight loss. And after months, okay years, of pursuing the goal to be published, and to see the scale at my wedding weight, I now find myself facing the dreaded P word.
Plateau, as a noun, has a rather serene definition: an area of relatively level high ground. Okay, I could tell myself that’s where I am. On a beautiful vista looking over the landscape of my accomplishments thus far.
But since I am on a pursuit toward an end, the P word, as it applies to me works more as a verb. And that definition is not as serene.
To plateau: to reach a state of little or no change after a time of activity or progress. Yeah. That’s more like it.
The scale won’t budge and the words won’t flow. I’m plateauing.
Which leads to the even bigger F word...
Of course, country and western wisdom says that I should just keep trucking even though the digital number on my scale refuses to move, for weeks now. And my new words have shrunk to zero, as I revise the first chapter of my WIP for the umpteenth time. But instead, I rant, rave, curse.
Why, oh why is this happening?
I am still exercising, dieting, writing, taking on-line classes, so why has my forward motion ground to a shrieking halt?
It’s inevitable and there are explanations. So I reassess and really look at what I’m actually doing. Looking to see if I have loosened my grip on the effort it really takes to accomplish my goals?
A nibble here, a taste there. A glass of wine on the 4th. Reading blogs and surfing the internet in the name of research, instead of actually writing on my WIP. And listening to that ever present, nay-saying critic in my head, instead of the wise guru on my shoulder.
I need to adopt a strategy to deal with plateauing. So I vow to shake things up. Relieve some of the monotony and boredom in my diet with new low-cal vegetables and foods. Increase my exercise intensity, with short bursts of running on the treadmill. And to write first thing in the morning before checking emails, blogs, websites, and even my classes.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to see my way through this stage of plateauing so that it doesn’t lead to an avalanche.
And I’d love to hear how you deal with your plateaus, or plateauing.