The Plateau of Latent Potential

Whenever we embark on something new, whether thats learning a new habit or embarking on an entrepreneurial journey, we not only expect progress to be linear, but also, we expect that it will come quickly. Unfortunately, this is not what happens and instead we go through The Plateau of Latent Potential:

We often expect progress to be linear. At the very least, we hope it will come quickly. in reality, the results of our efforts are often delayed. It is not until months or years later that we realize the true value of the previous work we have done. This can result in a “valley of disappointment” where people feel discouraged after putting in weeks or months of hard work without experiencing any results. However, this work was not wasted. It was simply being store. It is not until much later that the full value of previous efforts is realized.

James Clear, in “Atomic Habits”
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This probably goes without saying but this only applies if one is truly putting in the hard work day after day, week after week, or month after month. But if one is putting in the work, what I love about this is that it is inevitable that results will start to show; it’s just a matter of time.

Time can sometimes seems like it’s always the enemy: constantly ticking, never slowing down, never enough of it for all the things one wants to do.

But the thing is, when it comes to good habits time becomes your ally.

Time magnifies the margin between success and failure.

It will multiply whatever you feed it.

Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.

James Clear

So all one can do is put in the work and #trusttheprocess because when it comes to good habits time is your ally.

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