There is a rhythm to working toward a long-term goal. This rhythm is a balance of effort and rest, both mental and physical. Million dollar ideas do not come to mind while under pressure. Self-imposed power driving toward any goal will drive out all the enjoyment and always leads to frustration quicker than achievement. This is the reason why most people are great starters but never make it to the finish line.
It takes discipline to break away from a project from time to time, but the advantage in doing so is tremendous. When we work too long and hard at something we desire we cut ourselves off from intuition. We lose touch with that higher part of ourselves that inspired us in the first place. When that happens we feel like we are all on our own, and the road toward completion begins to look overwhelming.
Regardless of the task, I’ve trained myself to take breaks. The reason is simple; every time I take a break I receive fresh inspiration and guidance.
"If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk." –Raymond Inmon
Instead of slowing me down, I’m able to work with effortlessness, I enjoy what I’m doing and my work always gets accomplished much more rapidly than anticipated. Working in this manner, doing a little here and there toward your goal, will fuel your joy and keep your enthusiasm sizzling through 'til completion. “Joy is the strength of the Lord.”
Cartoonist Darrell Fusaro is the co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?