Day 20 of the Grammy Chase just got a little bit harder. I didn’t obey the rules this morning. I woke up at 3am like clockwork, only to walk from the Din where I crashed last night to go “back” to sleep in my bed. It threw my morning off as well as my spirit and I’m paying for it with unwanted feelings of doubt, self esteem, direction and a gumbo pot of other ingredients that could make a day not so desiring. This is a part of the territory in being an artist, an entrepreneur, a person with a vision and dreams. I welcome those of you that think you have the stomach to travel straight when presented with a fork in the road. I’ve come so far, accomplished so much yet so little in comparison to my true hearts desires. If you thought that “Freedom” and “Financial Freedom” were a package deal sold together and an easier road, keep your job! I guess what I’m going through is called “The Dip.”
We’ve all experienced projects that begin as fun and interesting, but then quickly turn to drudgery. That’s when you might wonder if you are in a temporary slump, or if the original goal is no longer worth pursuing. Seth Godin calls this phenomenon, “The Dip.” – quote from Management Consulting News Interview
One of my favorite authors and inspirations is Seth Godin, who’s first book was given to me by another inspiration and friend of mine, Karen Spaulding. Ever since reading “The Purple Cow” in 2005 at time my wife and I were starting our first “brick and mortar” business, I’ve been paying attention to every word that Seth suggests. The advise below couldn’t have come at a better time.
Seth Godin: “Don’t find the biggest Dip. Find the biggest Dip you can make it through. And then do it again. Success is a series of Dips, navigated.”
I think this Dip may be what I’ve needed all along. May you recognize your “Dip” and make it through.
PS: Amanda, sorry I missed you last time. Big Hugs to you! xoxo