The moment before great
The moment things seem to get the roughest is usually the moment right before something really great is about to happen.
As long as you stay present.
As long as you don’t give up.
As long as you continue to be authentically YOU.
When you’re on mile 12, you keep going. Mile 24, you’re almost to the finish.
When you kick up to handstand and fall back down, maybe the next time you kick up and balance.
When you have writer’s block, you take a deep breath and keep writing.
When you’re afraid to teach your first class, you prepare and teach anyway.
When you hear the fifth “no” of the day and sales, but you pick up the phone again and get yes.
“I get knocked down, but I get up again.”
When the going gets tough, the most important thing is to keep going.
Because that moment, that moment of apparent fear, of apparent failure….that’s the moment right before something truly awesome happens. Darius Rucker (you may know him as “Hootie”) has a song called “This.” In it he sings, “All the fights and the tears and the heartache/I thought I’d never get through/And the moment I almost gave up/all lead me here to you.”
The song is about all the bad stuff, all the hard stuff, all the struggles, lead you to “this.” And “this” is usually something that can be considered to be pretty awesome.
The moment you want to quit is PRECISELY the moment when you need to plow ahead.
The moment when you feel like you’ve got a case of the “I can’t do this,” is the very moment when you need to KEEP GOING.
Because the magic happens on the other side of the frustration. Of the pain. Of the confusion. Of the “no.”
Eventually there’s a breakthrough. There’s a rainbow. There’s something truly amazing about to be born.
So embrace the frustration. Feel it. The bad stuff sucks and that’s okay. Bad stuff is meant to suck.
But don’t let the hard defeat you. Don’t let it get you down.
Because when you KEEP GOING, when you PLOW AHEAD. There’s something truly amazing that happens.
Stay in. Stay committed. Trust. Believe. And know that everything happens for a reason.
And that the moment before greatness is usually made up of really sucky hard moments.
But the greatness will com. Something awesome will emerge.
You just need to “keep swimming.”
You got this!