Trust the process.
I have this quote on a magnet sitting directly to the right of my computer at work. It’s a great daily (or 3-4 times a day) reminder for someone like me, who usually goes from zero to 65 when things start to look a little rocky. When life starts to get a little loose at the seams or struggle starts to creep up on us, panic often sets in. Our thoughts race and we start to feel like there is no way things will get done. All outcomes start to look like negative absolutes. The project won’t get finished. The stress doesn’t look like it will let up any time soon. The to-do list starts to grow by the minute. We only see what is immediately in front of us and lose sight of the parts of the process.
Once you feel the “Oh-snap-what-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-about-all-that-I-have-to-do” feeling, just slow your roll. I wish I was cool enough to remember to step back before I have that feeling, but I’m a work in progress. Panic doesn’t solve problems. A little anxiety can motivate, but keep it in check. Rushing usually messes something up. Struggle is a process. It sounds kinda counterintuitive, but good things are usually on the other side of the struggle. Lessons are learned; experience is gained; character is built. If nothing else, knowing this makes the process worth it.
Wishing you joy,