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  • Writer's pictureTerry Latham

Master the Middle

As a parent of a long-distance runner, I've seen firsthand the importance of mastering the middle. My daughter puts in 50-60 miles a week just to prepare for that one 5k race time. She used to get out of the gate too fast and run out of energy for that final push during the last mile. It wasn't until she learned to pace herself that she was able to achieve her goals and succeed.

As a new entrepreneur or someone just starting to build towards a dream, it's easy to be excited and super motivated at the beginning. You have a clear goal in mind, and you dream of seeing the finish line in the distance. However, the real success lies in mastering the motivation and consistency of the middle.

Think of it like a marathon runner versus a sprinter. A sprinter can give it their all for a short period, but a marathon runner has to pace themselves and maintain their energy over a much longer distance. The same is true for building a business. You need to find a way to stay motivated and consistent for the long haul.

The middle of any journey is where the hard work happens. It's where you face challenges and obstacles, and where you have to keep pushing through even when you don't feel like it. It's easy to get discouraged or lose sight of your goal, but it's essential to keep going. So, how do you master the middle? Here are a few tips:

  1. Create a plan: Having a clear plan and breaking your goal down into smaller, manageable steps can help you stay focused and motivated.

  2. Celebrate small wins: Celebrating small milestones along the way can help you stay motivated and build momentum.

  3. Find accountability: Having someone to hold you accountable and support you can help you stay on track when things get tough.

  4. Stay flexible: It's essential to be adaptable and willing to change your approach if something isn't working.

Remember, success isn't just about reaching the finish line. It's about the journey and the lessons you learn along the way. By mastering the middle and staying motivated and consistent, you'll set yourself up for success and be well on your way to achieving your dreams.

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