There is a point in any endeavor that I have come to call the mid-point. It is the place in the middle of a project when our energy begins to lag.
You might know the place I am talking about.
You are too far along to turn back, but you are losing energy and focus to keep moving forward.
You might be second guessing whether or not this was a good idea to begin with.
You wonder how much longer it is going to take to get to the end.
The mid-point is the place in any undertaking where we feel like we are losing our momentum. We have hit the bump in the road and feel like we want to quit, or give-up.
It is often at the mid-point of a project or an endeavor that we encounter the challenges. We may wonder if we have made a mistake. Our reasons for doing this begin to feel fuzzy and we may be losing sight of the end goal. We wonder if it is worth it. We just want to stop, but we also know that we will feel bad if we do.
We have arrived at the mid-point. The place where we can feel stuck in the mud. The place where we are running out of steam. We need to keep going because we can’t turn back now. We are committed, but don’t necessarily want to be.
Being at the mid-point often doesn’t feel good. It is a time when we need to regain our focus, we need to find solutions for the problems and challenges that we are experiencing. We need to replenish our energy for the journey.
My favorite analogy for being at the mid-point is going on a hike. There is usually a point where I am too far into the woods to stop and go back to my car. I have the option of turning around and going back the way I came, or I can continue the adventure and go forward. Either way, I have to keep walking or I will be sitting in the woods forever. And I don’t want to be stuck in the woods. I want to enjoy the views and I want the joy of rising to the challenge and completing the hike.
The desire to feel the delight of completion is my motivation when I am at the mid-point of any endeavor. I want to fully experience the journey AND the end result.
When I find myself at the mid-point, perhaps feeling tired, discouraged and needing some fuel to continue the journey, these are some of the things that help me regain my motivation:
- Taking a break. Metaphorically or literally – enjoy the view for a few moments. This could mean looking back over the project I am working on and noticing what has gone well and being grateful for it.
- Reminding myself of my ‘why’. Why did I decide to do this project? Why is it so important to me? Reconnecting to my ‘why’ often provides motivation to keep going.
- Sensing into the vision that I had at the beginning. Seeing it. Feeling it. Tasting it. A strong vision can pull us toward it.
- Adopting the mantra – Keep going, you’re almost there. You can do it. Sometimes, I have to dig deep and tell myself to keep going. I need to bring my focus to taking just one more step in the direction I am heading. That one step can be the turning point toward more ease and flow.
Do the thing and you shall have its power.
These words motivate me. Bringing a goal to completion is enlivening and empowering. When I am feeling scared, overwhelmed, or defeated by a project, these words help to motivate me. They help me to rally my energy, strength and focus to know that I can overcome the obstacles and get to the other side.
In The Slight Edge, Olson talks about moving at a slow and steady pace toward our goals. I resonate with this, as slow and steady has been a mantra of mine for a long time. Yet, I loved how Jeff pointed out that it is not necessarily the ‘slow’ part that is important, it is the ‘steady’ part that is important.
With slow AND steady steps, you will make consistent progress toward your goal.
One step at a time, you can do it.
You can move beyond the mid-point and get closer to achieving what you set out to do.
With kindness and compassion, may you encourage yourself to keep going.
You’re almost there.