Seeing your own stagnation as a signal of the changing tide

We’ve all experienced the feeling of being stuck, unable or unwilling for whatever reason to do anything right (or so it seemed). This is called stagnation. All in all, stagnation is not a bad thing.  It’s frustrating, certainly, and not productive, but the reality is that every field has these moments, and they are an unavoidable step on the path towards sustained growth. They can be an indication that old notions – ones formed before you had sufficient experience – are continuing to govern your actions when you yourself, as well as the environment you function within have changed enough for them to no longer be applicable or optimal. Some of the reasons we become stagnant in our tasks, duties, goals, and personal lives are:

  • Not seeing the possibilities; if the monotony of the daily “grind” has become so mundane that we can no longer rise above it and see the horizon of reward and possibility;
  • Burnout and exhaustion; it has been said that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the very definition of insanity (Albert Einstein).  Too much of the same thing will tire you and undermine your strength, unless you are perfectly free and rewarded by the very process;
  • Lack of adaptation; not being able to, not seeing the necessity for, or not wanting to make the necessary changes to grow and adapt.

Reverting to the fundamentals
Regardless of the reason for your stagnation, it will be necessary for you to re-gain the proper perspective of the context in which you are now facing your adversity, and to find a fresh new way of dealing with the situation.

One step back for two steps forward
This may mean that you have to momentarily take a step back to re-discover your personal principles and what it means for you, personally, to act more genuinely from within them. Plain and simple, it may be time to stop and say: “Ok. First of all, how did I get here?  Second of all, what does this mean for me? Finally – How can I make the appropriate changes to continue moving forward?”

THE BOTTOM LINE
Stagnation is temporary. You should only fear it if you’ve stopped adapting and rising up to the challenge. Then again, if you’re reading this, you’re at the very least preparing yourself to face the challenge in the first place.

How the Principled Approach™ can help you
The Principled Approach™ focuses on re-defining your intentionality, direction, and definition of achievement to ensure that the effort you take is not forced, but natural, dynamic, and ever-changing. With a soft, flexible understanding of your challenges, you will adapt based on need and momentum, not according to dogma or rigid practices that may have worked in the past but have failed to provide you with a satisfactory level of achievement today.

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~ by TheZov on August 10, 2009.

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