It took me two years to publish my first good article.
I’m not joking. 24 months.
I went through dozens of drafts and a ton of feedback before I finally hit “publish”.
I can’t say that I’ve since become a great writer – far from it – but I’ve definitely Crossed The Threshold.
These days when I sit down to write, I know I’ll be able to convey my message effectively. Playing with words can still be challenging, but I enjoy the process every time.
Are you familiar with The Threshold?
You know you’ve reached the Threshold when you make a giant leap and everything changes for you.
Behind this Threshold lies an amazing world where you get to experience a disproportionate amount of flow and pleasure.
You know what the Threshold looks like (and feels like) for bicycle riding for example:
- you’re comfortable riding in a straight line,
- you can turn left and right without putting a foot down,
- you’re capable of slowing down and accelerating without falling,
- and you can smoothly come to a complete stop.
For most skills, though, the Threshold can be hard to pinpoint. (What would it look like if you were working on public speaking? or learning how to cut hair?)
If you don’t know what you’re aiming for, you’re aren’t likely to hit your target.
Identifying the Threshold is key if you wish to get good at any new skill. Once you’ve crossed that Threshold, you’ll hold on to your skill for life. (You’ll never forget how to ride a bike, will you?)
Most people quit before they reach the Threshold, often without knowing how close they were to it. They put in so much effort but don’t get to reap the rewards.
I’m going to help you make sure this never happens again.
Next week, I’ll share the 7 phases you must go through to reach the Threshold and experience disproportionate results. I’ll give you the tools to identify the Threshold.
But first, I want to hear from you.
Share a skill you’ve had a hard time with and would like to be able to cross the threshold in.
Leave a comment below, and tell me what that skill is and where you’re stuck. (Bonus points if you can describe what the threshold might look like for you).
I’ll go first:
I’ve just joined a trampolining class with a Gymnastics coach. I’m in the very early stages, getting comfortable on the trampoline and learning the basics of front and back flips. Getting a sense of where my body is when inverted is a real challenge. In my case, the Threshold is the stage where I can comfortably and reliably execute the following tricks on the trampoline (this can sound a little technical): front and back tuck, front and back layout. Half twist & full twist would be like icing on the cake.
Here’s my current front tuck:
I’ll share the best comments in next week’s post.