Recently, the question of why the development of Internet and Network Marketing skills seems to proceed in fits and starts for many people has come up in discussions.
I have been asked why sometimes we make good progress and get results, then experience periods of difficulty when things slow down. Or put another way, reaching a plateau and then becoming frustrated because it takes time to move to the next level.
Perhaps this is the natural order of things. Like the ebb and flow of the tide, the different rythm of nature through the seasons, rapid growth in spring, maturity in summer, slowing down in autumn or fall and dormancy in winter.
There are parallels in sports, two examples from my life would be learning to windsurf and marathon running.
Being a poor swimmer and therefore more nervous than most windsurfing novices, it took all of my first day just to remain upright long enough to sail a couple of hundred feet in a light breeze. It then took several more hours to learn to tack. Shortly after that I could sail out from the lake shore and return in a moderate breeze, I thought I was making good progress until I tried sailing in a stronger wind, then it was back to the basics until I could manage that wind strength.
Feeling competent in a fairly good wind, I then tried sailing in the ocean. Stronger winds, bigger waves and currents were a whole new challenge to be mastered.
So while we may experience frustration at the irregular progress we make in our businesses at times, we need to remember that periods of consolidation are necessary for us to really learn new skills and master them under different conditions. Only then can we advance to the next level.
Some times we can move quickly from one plateau to the next, sometimes it takes longer.
Wishing you success in all your endeavours.