I’m back and I want to talk to you about plateaus this week.
Every single language student hits plateaus several times throughout their journey. It most commonly happens between levels, after you hit a mid intermediate level and up. So you can expect one between B2-B3, B3-C1 and C1-C2. It happens to everyone. So how do you handle it?
There are 3 ways that people generally handle it:
1 – The “dabblers” will usually give up at this point. It’s become too challenging and they give up and move on to something else (which they will also give up when it gets too challenging).
2 – The “achievers” usually continue, but get really frustrated and stressed out. There is a lot of focus on what they don’t know (rather than the incredible progress they have made up to this point) and the journey is no longer a fun one for them. “Achievers” usually like to be on top, and since plateaus are dips, they tend to freak out during these periods, but because they’re achievers, they usually continue with the process for a while, although it is no longer enjoyable, until they hit a peak again (which they always do…of course followed by another plateau).
3 – The “masters” are the ones that expect the plateaus and take it in stride. They know it’s coming, they recognize it, they accept it and they ride it through. They don’t try to reinvent the wheel, so they look to others who have already reached their goal, and follow in their footsteps (see the weekly newsletter for inspiration from other students who have moved up a level). They don’t give up, because they want to take it all the way and they know that the hills and valleys simply come with the territory. They make changes as necessary and understand that sometimes you need to up your game to take it to that next level. The Masters are the ones that make it all the way to C2!
So which one are you?
Which one do you want to be?