Keep the Fizz Going..!

So often we are excited to begin a new task or project or assignment and we start off with a bang! But often it’s like opening a soda bottle; initially there’s a lot of fizz, and then it’s gone. I remember getting this same feeling a few months ago when two publishers had told me to go ahead with writing two books. But after the initial euphoria, which lasted a month, I realized I was losing my commitment and dedication.
A drudgery to the whole exercise seemed to be settling in.
There is a saying often applied to sporting events that also fits very well with every other endeavor: “It is not how you start, but how you finish!”
When a new initiative begins, such as rollout of an innovative product, an imaginative marketing strategy, or implementation of new technology, we typically experience high levels of enthusiasm. Expectations are lofty and hopes soar in anticipation of promising outcomes.
However, such peaks of energy and excitement are rarely sustained. It is not unusual for people to become disillusioned, discouraged and dejected halfway into a difficult challenge, no matter how worthwhile it may be to pursue. Emotions start to subside and the reality sets in about the hard work required to bring a project to its conclusion.
At such times it helps to get matters into a proper perspective; when I start to feel the fatigue, it is important to remind myself that my feelings are not a reliable measure of how things should go. For instance, the Book of Proverbs says, “Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings.”
Feelings can soar and feelings can spiral, so we cannot trust in emotions if we are to successfully finish what we started.
Our feelings come from a variety of sources – past, present and future.
“You’ve done this before!” says a feeling, “And you never succeeded!”
But in fact, feelings are not always a reflection of reality. Feelings act like a ride on a rollercoaster; all ups and downs. They are also like two rails on a railway track. One rail represents good and positive things in life; the other represents the bad and painful elements of our life.
Recognize a simple truth, and that is that we will always encounter good and bad at the same time, that there will always be something good and something bad happening in your life. That we need to move away from emotions and focus on the job at hand, to work past our feelings, and bring discipline into the fulfillment of a goal.
Realizing this I’m going at my two books again, pushing past my feelings and trying to keep the fizz going!
What about you? Keep the fizz going dear friend, whatever it is you started; a project, a relationship or a even a book..!




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