“Some men have a mind and some men have an excuse for a mind.” - Dr George King

Jack Stafford has written a series of self-help songs. Here he explains the content of each one to help you become the Master of your own mind.


We all plateau. It's inevitable. You work really hard at something and pour your heart and soul into it. The improvements come thick and fast. Soon you've got to a level you never dreamed possible. But then you start to slow down. Maybe you don't practice as much. Even when you do you're not making leaps and bounds like you used to. You plateau and it's tempting just to stay at that level. With me a big example is the guitar. I haven't improved at all in the last 10 years. I play well enough to get by, now I've poured my energy into other things. It happens to us all. And hey, that's ok. Have a drink and relax. Or not? Listen to the track 

Well at last it has paid off 
You've mastered the art 
Of the world that once was closed to you 
You've become a part 
You put in 10 thousand hours 
Had the determination and drive 
But the sacrifices were worth it 
Cos finally you've arrived 
At the summit... but no no no... you're stuck on 
The OK Plateau, oh oh oh 
The OK Plateau, no no no 

As you've woken with awareness 
And see a dusty world 
But everyone's so friendly 
They say settle down 
But you've put in so much hard work 
And you know you've more than them 
So you redouble your efforts 
To be better than these men 
And reach the summit, but no no no.... you're stuck on 
The OK Plateau, oh oh oh 
The OK Plateau, no no no 

The plateau is so seductive 
It sure offers a lot 
Regular folk look up to you 
Wishing they had what you've got 
So few can tell the difference 
Between the great and merely good 
And perhaps if you drink hard enough 
Even you've misunderstood 
And slowly slow                 
You can it let go.... 
Soon all you know, know, know, is 
The OK Plateau, oh oh oh 
The OK Plateau, no no no 
The OK plateau oh oh