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How do you folks survive the "Arid Desert of Desertation"?

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This term was mentioned in Unscripted , I believe, whereby during the product sourcing and creation phase, it feels like things are not moving while you still have to live your Scripted life, and you start getting disillusioned and entertain thoughts of giving up.

How do you guys survive this phase or make this phase less painful?
 
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watch shark tank and read this forum
 

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Grin and bear it I suppose until you start getting a positive feedback loop.
 

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The first thing I did was understand that I was in the desert of desertion, when I was in the desert of desertion. By understanding that I'm in the hardest part of the journey, I could shift my perspective to appreciate the hardships and accept them more easily as they came. No outside escapes. No magic pills. Just a simple shift in perspective helped me get through it.
 

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If I may, just like everything, you need to first TRUST you're making progress.

Believe that every step you take, every stroke you make, you're making progress....no matter what.

If you think you're doing things in vain then you won't continue.

If you believe that no matter how small the increment, it's progress, you'll keep going.

Your why has to be unassailable.

It CANNOT be compromised for anything.

If you can keep this momentum going, get some validation wins (no matter how small) and whatever it is you
are doing is spearheaded by blind faith, bigger than you mission and has clear need/want in the market place, you'll keep at it.

If it doesn't...

If it's easy to instill doubt, instill fear, etc....

If it's easy to knock your idea over at the first sign of a strong wind then you won't make it.

Fortitude comes from belief, resolve and building on your small wins, imo.

What do you think?

Regards,

Los
 
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Think about the mediocre life you're walking away from, and all the things about it that sucketh.

Think about the awesome life you're walking towards, and all the joy and possibilities that come with it.

And then... keep walking.
 

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This term was mentioned in Unscripted , I believe, whereby during the product sourcing and creation phase, it feels like things are not moving while you still have to live your Scripted life, and you start getting disillusioned and entertain thoughts of giving up.

How do you guys survive this phase or make this phase less painful?

accept the absurdity of life.
 

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If I may, just like everything, you need to first TRUST you're making progress.
Believe that every step you take, every stroke you make, you're making progress....no matter what.
If you think you're doing things in vain then you won't continue.
If you believe that no matter how small the increment, it's progress, you'll keep going.
Your why has to be unassailable.
It CANNOT be compromised for anything.
If you can keep this momentum going, get some validation wins (no matter how small) and whatever it is you
are doing is spearheaded by blind faith, bigger than you mission and has clear need/want in the market place, you'll keep at it.
If it doesn't...
If it's easy to instill doubt, instill fear, etc....

If it's easy to knock your idea over at the first sign of a strong wind then you won't make it.

Fortitude comes from belief, resolve and building on your small wins, imo.

What do you think?

Thanks, I agree, just that some days, things tend to be a slower, and I start having self-doubts lol
I mean, say, when you're waiting for the supplier to get back to you, and there's a few days of waiting etc., I tend to start imagining bad things.


Think about the mediocre life you're walking away from, and all the things about it that sucketh. Think about the awesome life you're walking towards, and all the joy and possibilities that come with it.
And then... keep walking.

Yeah, that made my day!
 
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Having a goal, trusting it, and sticking with it.

I've been there many times. Things don't seem to be moving. I question if I'm doing the right thing. Nobody is providing positive feedback. Questioning everything I do. Contemplate quitting. It happens.

But if you have a goal that you trust, it's just a matter of taking that next step. Then the next. And seeing it through to completion.

It also helps to define your quitting point before you start feeling down. In my mind, with this new venture, I have plans a, b, and c all thought up but I also know at what point I'll call this new venture a failure and move on. When I'm feeling down if I haven't hit that quitting mark - I don't quit. It's just stupid emotions being stupid. I'm not going to quit because of how I feel about something. I'll quit because the numbers say I should. The trend says I should. The market says I should. Because I no longer see the upside and the folks I trust to give me honest feedback and advice don't see it either.

Passion and emotions come and go. Ebb and flow. Don't trust them.
Trust logic and reason.
Trust decisions you made when you were in a positive frame of mind.
Know when you are in that desert and decide to press on regardless of how you feel about it.
 

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The first thing I did was understand that I was in the desert of desertion, when I was in the desert of desertion. By understanding that I'm in the hardest part of the journey, I could shift my perspective to appreciate the hardships and accept them more easily as they came.

Yup, knowing it's there and expecting it definitely helps.
 

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Passion and emotions come and go. Ebb and flow. Don't trust them.
Trust logic and reason.
Trust decisions you made when you were in a positive frame of mind.

These sentences are golden! Now I know I'm not alone.

For reference:
Thanks for posting that video, didn't know MJ has a video on this topic. I feel consoled when I see God talking.
 

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What I have learned is that if you can appreciate the journey as being the destination, the desert becomes a lot less scary. There is a certain satisfaction to grinding away during the evenings while others are watching tv, or waking up early while others are sleeping in. If you can get lost in the 'process' you are well on your way.
 

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that is a good point said above.

picture how many people quit in the desert, all the more reason to push
 

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