The Plateau of Latent Potential

Batman making potential possible

In “Always be Batman“, I wrote:

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born

and the day you find out why.”

So, I’m not Batman, but I do know why I am here. My Purpose is #MakingPotentialPossible. This means I live in this in my work for my clients. Beyond that, similarly minded people are those I connect to most.

One such person is my dear friend Ian Armiger, one of the greatest sports coaches I have ever met. He is all about seeing and realising potential in and for others, particularly swimmers and swim coaches.

This week, while I was at the amazing Basecamp London, Ian send me a simple image, which led me down a rabbit hole to learn more about Atomic Habits and one in particular.

The Plateau of Latent Potential

The plateau of latent potential

The image that Ian Armiger sent me needed no explanation by him or for me, as we’ve talked through and around this type of thinking so many times. In short, progress is not linear. For swimmers, they often “plateau” in their careers and the more elite they get, the more they and their coach focus on the mental rather than the physical, focussed on motivation, growth mindset and more.

Today, though, I found that this particular image came from a take on non-linear progression by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits. I’ll be reading into his ideas more. For now, a one minute clip on building and releasing potential through small habits repeated, and an image of a quote he mentions in the clip, one that hangs on the wall of the locker room of one of my favourite examples of team culture, the San Antonio Spurs.

Oh, and as to habits? This is the 754th post in a row since I committed to write daily. Writing is no longer a habit, I am, simply, a writer. Writing daily is as natural as breathing to me, as is the commitment to that.


Also published on Medium.

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