Seth Godin calls it The Dip, but it doesn’t feel like a dip when you’re in it. Sometimes it feels like a chasm, a bottomless pit of despair, or a soul-crushing black hole.
Whatever you want to call it, The Dip is when that idea you were initially so excited about seems impossible. All the doubts rush over you and you believe them.
- This is a waste of time.
- No one cares about this.
- I’m lazy and can’t focus.
- My schedule is too packed. I can’t keep up.
- I’ve missed or am missing an opportunity.
- I don’t have the skills or experience necessary.
- I’ve made no progress.
- I should focus on something else that has a better chance of success.
It’s tough to break free from these mindsets. It’s so easy to talk yourself into quitting what had been such an exciting idea only a few weeks or months ago. So many great books, inventions, and businesses never came to be because of mindsets like these.
That isn’t to say that quitting things isn’t a good idea. In fact, I think it’s great to periodically evaluate and weed out the clutter that creeps into our lives. It’s good to keep yourself focused, balanced, and healthy. Seth Godin even outlines how to tell if your idea is worth moving forward on or if it is better to quit in The Dip. It’s a really great resource that I would recommend checking out.
There is one thing that Godin leaves out, though. It can be hard to analyze something when you are to close to it. You need to separate yourself. How do you do that? The best way I’ve found is through prayer.
I’m not saying that God is going to audibly speak to you. I have never experienced that, but I have felt his guidance when I came to Him. He shows me where I have become unbalanced, where I have lost my focus, where I am out of whack with His purposes.
The important thing is that you start from the right place. It’s not just about asking God for success or praying that He fixes it. It’s about not being afraid to come to Him with your doubts and waiting for a response. Let there be silence. Let yourself be uncomfortable. It’s in these moments when the miraculous sometimes happen.
When I bring my doubts before Him, He helps switch my perspective.
This is a waste of time.
You just have to change how you measure success.
No one cares.
You are not reaching out to the right people.
I’m lazy and can’t focus.
You just need to change how you manage your time.
My schedule is too packed.
You’re focused on the wrong things and need to re-prioritize what’s important.
I’ve missed or am missing an opportunity.
If someone else gets there first, then good. It’s not about you. It’s about helping others.
I don’t have the skills or experience necessary.
You’re focusing on the wrong thing again. Focus on your strengths and use them to your advantage.
I’ve made no progress.
What’s your definition of progress? Is it building a multi-billion dollar company overnight? Or is it helping someone where you are at today?
I should focus on something with a better chance of success.
Will that help more people, or is it because you are afraid and thinking of yourself instead of others?
Prayer vs. Work
God can bring amazing things to light but only if we trust Him first.
It’s tempting to look at the day and rush into it without reflecting on your attitude. Attitude and perception seem irrelevant to just getting things done, but reflective prayer is the rudder that steers your boat through choppy waters. If you neglect it, you can quickly get off course and find yourself wasting far more time than if you had simply submitted in the first place.
Don’t wait until you find yourself in a Dip to use the power of prayer to recenter yourself and shift your mindset. Make it a daily habit. Set aside a few minutes to a half-hour to focus on God. You will find the benefits are far greater than you could have ever imagined.