Well golly gee willickers, that sure looks like an S-Curve, don’t it?
Forget the hockey stick. True company growth is about continually stacking these S-Curves one on top of the other.
Company growth looks like this:
That’s what the best companies in the world do.
That’s how they grow.
That’s how they innovate and that’s how they stay relevant.
They stack S-curves.
Which leads me to you.
(Editors Note: See? Did I tell you we’d get here or did I tell you we’d get here?!)
Your Own Personal S-Curve in Life
I am a growth consultant that helps companies elevate beyond their current S-Curve plateau and rise to the next.
But I also coach leaders.
As it turns out, whether it’s a company or a leader, the S-Curve matters.
Which leads us to this thing called the Energy S-Curve.
(Editor’s Note: There actually isn’t a thing called the Energy S Curve. The writer just made it up. So I guess it’s a thing now. But for clarity, it wasn’t a thing ten seconds ago.)
The Energy S-Curve
Just like the human body is not designed to run at full-force without eventually getting burnt out, most people can’t be mentally focused at full-force without experiencing some type of burnout.
There are a kabillion articles that were written during the pandemic about burnout. I shan’t repeat any of them now, but you can just go ask Dr. Google if you want proof that the burnout struggle is real.
As it turns out, there is a healthy way to keep pushing yourself to go further and climb whatever proverbial ladder you’re proverbially trying to climb.
This healthy way of accomplishing that is, yes, an S-Curve.
It’s the Energy S-Curve.
Your Comfort Zone and the Energy S-Curve
Staying in your comfort zone is pretty comfortable. It’s right there in the name.
It doesn’t require a lot of mental energy. In fact, one can say the comfort zone is a lot like base training. The comfort zone allows you to strengthen your base skill sets.
Growth, however, doesn’t happen in the comfort zone. That’s why people add more to their plates – to effectively make themselves a little uncomfortable in order to learn new things. It’s about building their capabilities.
In doing this, you eventually build up the wherewithal to make even bigger moves. You focus to meet an important deadline, push for a promotion, strive to find another job… whatever it is, you use enough energy that your mental state begins to redline.
You can’t maintain that pace for long. Eventually, you must plateau.
You’ve got to energetically recharge and recover so you can get ready to do it all over again.
The Energy S-Curve is simple:
- Work steadily
- Push harder
- Achieve peak performance
- Plateau / recharge
OK, here are two more notepad drawings since you were just about to ask so nicely.
I said way up at the top of this article that understanding the hockey stick model is important for your productivity, mental health, and career growth.
Here’s what I mean…
If you try to work full force all the time, if you try to energetically replicate a hockey stick curve, it won’t work. You’ll lack productivity, your health will decline and you won’t grow.
Humans need recovery. It’s why we need to do thinks like, say, sleep.
It is important for you to understand and respect where you are in the S-Curve so you can play the long game. It’s critical for you to know when you’re redlining and need to recover.
Don’t feel guilty getting back in your comfort zone.
Remember, a mesa is still a mountain. You still got to the top of the ledge.
Now go find another S-Curve to build.