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Every goal is like a reverse bell curve.
There’s an initial burst of excitement at the beginning, a huge dip in the middle, and another rise in energy towards the end.
In talking with creatives, I have noticed that some feel hollow platitudes and chasing happiness will carry them through the hard middle and over the finish line. Try it. Let me know how it goes.
But passion and suffering aren’t separate. They are mutually inclusive. In studying the etymology of the word “passion,” you will discover that it means to “suffer for.”
How you handle the hard middle is up to you. Your attitude is well within your control. But there’s no doubt that the daily grind can begin to weigh on you if you let it. There is no such thing as “a thousand yesterdays,” and there is no accurate perception of time, and yet it’s perfectly human to let it affect you (“I have been working on this for so long!”).
And depending on the scale of the project, the middle won’t just last for a few days. It could be weeks, months, years. It will seem easy when you’re at the top of the reverse bell curve, but will you have the endurance to finish the race when those miles continue to stretch out ahead of you?
In the middle, the key will always be to return to your “why.” You might be exhausted, and the finish line may appear a long way off. But if you can remember why you started the project in the first place, and why it was so important to you to begin with, you can make a more accurate assessment of whether it’s worth it.
Your “why” is what matters, to you, and to others.
With that, here’s what I got up to this week:
David Andrew Wiebe
I publish daily to inspire creatives and creators just like you.
Here are the posts that went live this week:
- #StrategySunday – March 28, 2021
- 18 Social Networks & Platforms I’ve Been Experimenting with
- It’s Time to Embrace Your Shadow Self
- The Secret to Productivity is Working on Something You Love
- There’s No Such Thing as “Remote Work”
- Everyone’s Medium Journey is Different
Music Entrepreneur HQ
At Music Entrepreneur HQ, I give modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music, something I’ve been up to since 2009.
Here are the posts that went live on Music Entrepreneur HQ this week:
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