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Archive for June, 2011

Into the Belly of the Beast

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
There comes a time after you start something new, whether it be a job, a relationship or a project, where struggles set in. A challenge arises that must be overcome to succeed and thrive.
Sometimes it can feel like the light at the end of the tunnel winks out for a while though. When you reach that point, your struggles seem unending, even insurmountable. In the dark belly of the whale, it’s hard to remember that the beast will open its mouth and spit you back into the bright world.
I am here to say that your perseverance will be rewarded, maybe not always in the way you anticipate. It might be that after surviving harsh criticism that your work is received and shines for the right audience. It might be that you land that big account that vindicates the time you spent courting it. Whatever the reward is, persevering toward your goal delivers.
That isn’t to say that all struggles are equal or that just by struggling through hard times you’re going to find success. Keeping clear goals and making sure that you aren’t feeding the noise that gets in your way is critical. I’ve previously talked about the signal to noise ratio and even though the article is getting long in the tooth the message bears repeating. When you’re working hard, striving towards a goal, there is going to be a lot of noise all around you. Hone in on the signal, recognize when the noise is blocking your view, and re-focus on your goals through it all.
Where do you keep your goals? Are they somewhere you see them every day? Corny as it sounds, just being aware of your goals helps you reach them. Getting beyond your current struggles into a better place requires your attention. Stay on the path and you’ll get through the dark passages into the light of your next success!

Peter Fitzgerald is the founder of and is currently working on his first book, connecting individuals with ideas and opportunities, and attempting to learn the bagpipes.