Once the shine of a great idea wears off, and its implementation or execution begin to feel like, dare we say, work, it’s easy to lose motivation – distractions pile on; excuses become readily available; despair may even begin paying visits. We think of this phase in the creative process as: The Long Middle – a time when the initial creative spark has come and gone, and yet the finish line is still a long way off.
Throughout July, PHLEARN Magazine will be smack dab in the middle of this phase. Stick with us, however, and we won’t have to remain here long.
“The true measure of our progress is seeing how many hurdles we can pass before we feel we have conquered our personal bests.” – Daniel Green, Phamily Member
3 Strategies for Surviving the Long Middle
If you feel like you’re trudging through an uninspiring wasteland in one of your projects, here are some stories and strategies to make sure you get out of there alive.
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