I’m in the freaking MIDDLE! Ok, maybe I need to explain. There is an artist Dallas Clayton that has a painting and it says “The Beginning” then it says over and over again “The middle, the middle, the middle, the middle….”
The middle is can be the worst. In a movie we love the middle. It’s the part where the story is. Take the movie Serendipity. The beginning these two strangers meet. They have this wonderful moment. Then they leave their relationship future up to chance, serendipity. The middle of the movie, is approximately an hour is spent with them almost crossing paths over many years. The audience, during the middle is falling in love with the idea of John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale being a couple and we just can’t wait to see how on earth will these two find each other. Then the end comes. Spoiler alert: they find each other. That’s it! That’s all you get. Why?
Because the middle is where the story IS. The middle is messy and we just want someone to show us the way out. This messy middle rears it’s ugly head not only in love but in life, and business, too.
In a relationship, the messy middle is after the first date (or dates). It’s when you know you’ve got feeling but you don’t know what they other person is thinking. You don’t know what’s going to happen next. You want this crystal ball to just appear and tell you “Yes, you will” or “No, you won’t end up together.” I mean, that would be great. But then what? What experiences would you have that you could later in life work from?
In life, it can be after you make the decision to start on new health regime. You bought all the good foods. You put your workouts in your schedule. You’re doing it. But, when will you see changes? When will it be: 6 months from now?
I have been struggling with stomach issues for 7 years. Not everyday. There were times when doctors made adjustments and things got better. But the last 2 years have been worse than the first two of those 7. I have eliminated so much and tried this cleanse, that diet, no protein at night, no protein, only protein. I mean I have tried it all. I have several doctor appointments on the horizon and on am on a stomach reset now. The stomach reset I am on now has helped immensely. The first 3 days I wanted to quit every meal. It was so so SOOO hard. I mean I had to give up sugar AND coffee. My two favorite things in life. But, this middle when would it end? Where am I headed?
In business, the middle can really take you down. It can cause you to question where you are going. Why are you even doing this? Can’t you just fast forward to when you are at your dream job? Nope, you can’t. Because if you could, you wouldn’t like it. “Easy” sounds good, but it tastes bland. Not even Vanilla. Just, flavorless.
So, what do you do with all of this? What’s up with this messy middle? Well you can avoid it all together and do the same things you have always done. knowing you’ll get what you have always got. Or, you can stick with it. You can just fall in love with the mess of the middle. Why? because when you are in the middle it means you are headed towards something great!
Remember that meme that was going around “This is amazing. I am amazing. This is sh*t. I am sh*t. This is amazing!” It’s the true process. The beginning gets you excited. Pulls you in. The middle can challenge your strength, drive and will. But, that minute at the “end” will be worth all of it because it’ll be YOU!
What “middle” are you in right now? I want to hear it!
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