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January 18, 2019
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We normally set out in life with good intentions. We intend to set a morning routine or work on a business until it's profitable or to “love someone forever”. We imagine that as we invest in something, we will naturally continue to move in the right direction. If anything, things will get easier, right?

Stephen Smith says:

We normally set out in life with good intentions.
We intend to set a morning routine or work on a business until it’s profitable or to “love someone forever”.
We imagine that as we invest in something, we will naturally continue to move in the right direction. If anything, things will get easier, right?

 

The described trajectory is what we perceive on the left. Predictable, linear, and a direct reflection of effort put in.
But what happens? The right hand side … life just gets in the way.
So, how do we be great? Just be good, repeatably says Stephen Smith

Well, we all know that one, don’t we?
When we start off a new project, we’re excited, we tell everyone, and we take definitive action. But then “things” get in the way don’t they and those projects, do they ever get done? Well, some do, some don’t, some do … eventually.
Ever sold a house? How many long standing, outstanding jobs did you finish at the last minute? Up till midnight? Yep, me too.

Let’s have a look at this. New project, off we go. Then those “things” get in the way and our progression dips.

Of course, this may not be a result of our painting procrastination (just looking around my house) but a career stall (perhaps children, getting married …) or something else outside or control (mongrel boss, bizarre operational procedures, amazing health and safety procedures a 5 year old would baulk at …) but there is a dip from success. Each of those dips, in detail, looks like:

Unless, there is no upward rise to satisfaction.

The name of the dip?

THE ZONE OF DESPERATION

Cue dum, dum, dum ,dum music.
Be careful of the decisions you make while you’re in that zone!
Be careful. Are you in a:

  • Dip (in which case, the sun will shine … eventually), or
  • A plunge to the bottom and you need to take drastic action this minute.

If you’re doing the same things over and over again and the slide continues … you’re in an insane situation.

In an article entitled:
How To Escape Your Comfort Zone By Embracing Desperation
Sorry, the universe won’t “fix it” for you.

Barry Davret says:
That is the meaning of desperation. You feel pain because of a situation, and nobody can help you. It will never end unless you take action, but you’ve already tried the easy stuff.
The remaining options create fear and angst.

The link to the article is Here.

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