Love the Plateau

In the The Zen of Weight Lifting (New York Times, November 2019) author Brad Stulberg speaks of nonattachment through the lens of strength training. He lists three human needs for self-actualization:

... and quotes George Leonard from The Way of Aikido. In greater context, Leonard wrote:

... to learn anything significant, to make any lasting change in yourself, you must be willing to spend most of your time on the plateau, to keep practicing even when it seems you are getting nowhere. Not only that, but to join those on the path of mastery, it's best to love the plateau, to take delight in regular practice, not just for the extrinsic rewards it brings, but for its own sake. ...

... that is, No Goals!

(cf For Themselves (2003-06-08), This Is It (2008-11-14), That Feeling of Weightlessness (2012-06-23), No Method (2010-01-21), Live the Questions Now (2015-04-02), Mantra - Stress, Recover, Improve (2015-07-10), Om - Be Here, ...) - ^z - 2019-11-30