When we begin a new experience—like piano lessons, a new career, or a new sport—we often approach the process with enthusiasm. It’s a new venture into something we want to do, and we’re motivated to work toward goals directed toward those experiences. We are willing to learn, take it slow, and accept (and apply) feedback. We also forgive ourselves if we make mistakes. But as we grow and develop an affinity for an experience, we are less forgiving. We become impatient and expect perfection, even when tackling new skills and concepts within that experience.
This unknown territory—the part of learning when we move from novice to regular—is often where we lose faith and no longer enjoy the process in which we learn, adapt, and even care. This is also the point where we believe we know the best way to grow. We’ve reached this far using a certain approach, and deviating from that plan introduces change. But humans are creatures of habit. Change is not a welcome concept; it is something we fear.
Resistant to change, we find ourselves caught in a vicious circle, one in which slow or lacking progress leads to burnout. The experience we used to enjoy becomes a source of frustration, and we either continue to fight through the frustration or give up entirely.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
What piece of advice or recommendation has a coach or an athlete you trust offered you, but you didn’t try it because it was different than your own approach? Or do you have a specific belief or perspective that prevents you from making a change (e.g., “I have to lift on this platform/use this method/follow this pattern to be successful”)? Take the risk to make a change and assess how that change affects your progress. It’s easy to be complacent. It’s difficult to try something different, but the rewards will outweigh the fear.
If you feel like you’re caught in a circle of lackluster progress and frustration but can’t seem to break free, reach out. Ask for help. Feel free to contact us, and we can help you in breaking through the barriers blocking your progress. And if you’re unsure, that’s okay, but consider this: progress is based on your willingness to change your perspective. If you’re unwilling to bend, then your road will be much harder and more difficult than necessary.