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The last 100 metres

‘It’s never over till it’s over.’  American proverb

You’d think the last bit of work you have to do to complete your legacy project would be the easiest. That’s what I keep telling myself every time I’m in the motivation slump: if only I only had 10 more days to go till this is over…

But no, my friend, it doesn’t work like that. The last hundred meters are the most treacherous of all. It may be because in your mind, you think it’s all done; on to the next, much more exciting project. It may be because by this stage you’re so astronomically over the initially alloted time, budget, will to live and everything else that you’re not prepared for yet another battle. I don’t know. Whatever the reason, don’t be fooled: the last hundred meters are hardest.

Harder than the back-to-reality phase?, I hear you say. Yes, harder.

Harder than questioning the legacy project? Yep.

Harder than the motivation slump? Harder.

But that’s not fair!!! Come on, Big Guy, I’ve worked SO hard, I’ve almost reached the end, give me a break! Sorry, doesn’t work like that.

In his book The War of Art, Steven Pressfield tells the story of how Odysseus almost got home years before his actual homecoming. Ithaca was in sight, close enough that the sailors could see the smoke of their families’ fires on shore. Odysseus was so certain he was safe, he actually lay down for a snooze. It was then that his men, believing there was gold in an ox-hide sack among their commander’s possessions, snatched this prize and cut it open. The contained the adverse Winds, which King Aeolus had bottled up for Odysseus when the wanderer had touched earlier at his blessed island. The winds burst forth now in one mad blow, driving Odysseus’ ships back across every league of ocean they had with such difficulty traversed, making him endure further trials and sufferings before, at last and alone, he reached home for good.

 Beware of the last 100 metres, and be prepared.

The time is now.

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