… from the Legacy Project, Day 29. The topic is the inevitable dip that comes somewhere in the middle of every project. Your energy, focus, and faith all drop off. Productivity and quality suffer. Many people quit. Don’t go into it unprepared!!
Day 29: The dip is coming
The dip tugs at some time in the middle of your project. The ground sags beneath you. Your energy flags, your faith is fleeting. You find yourself more easily getting distracted and prioritizing other things, including prioritizing nothing, as a thing, over your project.
The site line toward your goals fogs in. The swirling winds tick up, slightly unbalancing you on your way. Everything feels like it’s suddenly uphill. It’s almost like a mini-depression.
You question what you’re doing, where you’re going, or if it’s even worth it. Rarely, it really is time to quit. Mostly: not.
Plan for this moment to come. It will. How will you get through?
Who can you rely on?
How will you stay in touch with your drive, core needs, and inspiration?
Will you trust your process?
If you get knocked down, what is your plan to bounce back?
The dip is coming. Let’s prepare.
TIP: Willpower is generally not a great tool to get through the dip.
PERMISSION: to reduce your expectations. Get through the dip on your knees if you have to.
ACTION: Think of when you experienced the dip before. What might have helped?
STRETCH: Make a plan for social support, incremental work, connecting to inspiration and core values, and personal resilience.
BOTTOM LINE: The dip is inevitable. Nobody is immune. Successful people have a plan for it.