The Dip Sucks!
“Mommy, have you heard about the dip?” my sweet little son said from the backseat of the car.
“The dip? I don’t think so.” I replied.
With a disgusted sigh as though I didn’t know the answer to 1+1, he said, “You know, Mommy… the DIP!”
Boy did I know about it… In fact I was experiencing it in a big bad way just in that moment.
“It’s when you’re trying really hard to do something and then you feel like you want to give up. That’s when you fall into the dip. But you have to keep going because you’re so close.”
I literally turned around (thankfully we were at a stop light) and looked at him as though he saw through to my soul.
“Ummm… yes, I’m totally familiar with that. In fact, Mommy is experiencing that with her work right now.” I shared with a resigned sigh.
His reply, “Well, Mommy… keep going!”
You know it. You know when you’re in it. And you know that if you succumb to it – you’re done. Finished. Through. Kaput.
It’s the phase that happens after the initial glitter and excitement of your idea has worn off.
After you’ve jumped into getting it off the ground and you’re in the muck of the day-to-day.
It’s that point… when things begin to get tough. Where you begin to think:
“This is so frustrating, I just want to quit.”
“There has to be a better way but I’m just not seeing it.”
“Will this really work or am I fooling myself.”
“Maybe I should just scrap it and try something else.”
You are typically so close to finishing it. If you worked a little more, figured out the hang ups and stuck through the laborious bits – you’d be out the other end.
But many people cave.
Many people stop and say “Well I tried, but there is this other thing I want to try over here.”
It shows up as procrastination, putting things off, dragging our feet, internet surfing, checking our email/phone a million times a day.
It looks likes sleeping in, doing laundry or jumping up to let the dog out instead of doing the work.
It is the inner chatter saying: “Who do you think you are?”, “This feels like more work than needs to be.”, or “But I have an even better idea… over here.”
So what’s a gal to do. What do you do when you’re in the dip and you just can’t seem to get yourself out of it.
It’s simple (not always easy… but simple)
You’ve got this! You wouldn’t have been given the inspiration to start if you couldn’t finish it.
Just keep going!
*The “dip” is typically called the “pit” when talking about learning and growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. Kids! Close enough.
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