4 Keys to Overcome the Challenge of Stagnation

Aug 08, 2023

Living life to the fullest, and being a good steward of the gifts, talents and opportunities that God has entrusted to us involves continually learning, applying what we learn, and growing.

Scaling any endeavor, whether in business or personal pursuits, often leads to encountering the formidable obstacle known as the upper limit challenge, where we hit a plateau and if we are not careful, can get stuck.

This issue frequently sparks discussions among growth minded individuals and compels us to reevaluate our strategies and approaches in any area of life where this stagnation can easily occur.

When faced with the dilemma of how to proceed after reaching an apparent “upper limit,” the path forward can appear uncertain. The natural inclination to question whether you're on the right track or if specific actions are warranted can be unsettling.

To help you navigate this complex terrain, here are four valuable considerations.

  1. Reflect on Your Objectives and Values: Begin by introspecting on your short-term and long-term goals. Delve into your values, mission and vision, and what truly matters to you. This self-examination serves as a litmus test to determine if your current endeavors align with your aspirations and overall life vision and mission. If you're still formulating these things, it might be helpful to seek guidance from someone who may be able to help you in clarifying your vision, goals and plan that is in alignment with your passions, calling and unique, God-given ability and purpose.

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  2. Solicit Feedback and Guidance: When you find yourself at this crossroads, reaching out to mentors, coaches, or trusted confidants can provide invaluable insights. Seeking input from others who you respect can illuminate perspectives you might not have considered, helping you gain clarity on your situation.
  3. Embrace Exploratory Steps: If the next step remains elusive, consider exploring various possibilities through incremental actions. For instance, experimenting with hiring a coach could illuminate a new path forward. Alternatively, taking a step back to reevaluate your circumstances is a legitimate approach. Progressing cautiously is a valid strategy.
  4. Embrace the Power of Pivoting: Should your endeavors stall or no longer resonate with your goals and values, don't rule out the prospect of pivoting. While embarking in a new direction may feel daunting, it presents an exciting avenue for growth and learning. R


I recall my personal journey – thinking about the career change I made 8 years ago and the wonderful fruit that has come out of that both personally and professionally. I have witnessed first hand how pivoting can prove to be a rewarding strategy.

Although the solution to confronting stagnation and breaking through a plateau or perceived upper limit lacks a one-size-fits-all solution, remaining receptive to diverse options, hearing from trusted advisors and following God’s lead, as you explore the best course of action, is crucial.

Remember, you were created on purpose for a purpose. You are an overcomer. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Every problem has a solution. Never settle for stagnation. You were created for more. You are capable of more. Others will be blessed by your ability to continue to grow and improve, and serve others at the next level, so don’t stop now. 

You’ve got this!

Now go out there and apply these strategies to break through your ceilings and don’t let any upper limits cause stagnation in any area of your life.

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