the slog

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There comes a point, in every endeavour, where every road seems to lead nowhere and you begin to wonder if it’s even worth the effort.

This is the slog, the time when the desire to quit fights with the desire to persevere.

To keep doing something even though it is difficult or boring, to work at something in a steady, determined way. When we first start something new it is, of course, exciting.  Things often happen quickly and we are motivated to see things through in the hopes that success is imminent. But success often takes longer than we anticipated – the overnight success is rarely a quick one – and we are soon faced with the reality that is is going to be harder than we thought.

Once the initial rush of “new” has passed, the motivation to continue is harder to find.

This, it seems, is where we derail. This long, slow, exhausting part of the journey often causes us to quit. This is where our ultimate success may, in fact, be determined.

How do we keep going? How do we know this boring series of steps will lead to something more interesting and/or wonderful? How long do we have to do this before we can quit or see results?

The answer is this: “I don’t know.”

For some, the slog seems endless;  it becomes a tedious routine that leads to the maintenance of an idea, rather than innovation. For others, the slog becomes the catalyst for growth in an effort to break free. For many, the slog is the end, rather than the middle, and the idea is left to die in the minutiae of making it happen.

Where are you on your journey? Are you slogging along and just hanging on? Are you content to flounder there or are you making adjustments to speed it along?

To get through this requires patience and perseverance, coupled with the surety that this is worth it. Yes, slogging along is hard and yes, it can cause you to second guess all you are doing. But when you get through and come to a place where your steps speed up and the results of your work begin to pay off, you will know that quitting was not an option for you.

In every journey, energy begins to wane. In every journey, the act of taking the next step becomes, at some point, mental rather than physical. In every journey, doubt wages was with motivation.

This is where you find out what you are made of – keep slogging forward, friends, and see your idea through. Don’t quit because it’s hard- it will always be hard if you let it. Follow through, discover the finish line, then get ready to do it again!