The legacy project cycle

‘One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot, the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something.’  Peter Marshall

I’ve been thinking about Steven Pressfield’s blog post on sticking points – the subject of yesterday’s blog post. In a way I like the term ‘sticking points’ – it reflects the idea that at any of those points, the project can get stuck and fall apart completely. Let me list the blog posts again below so you can read more about each of the different phases:

The legacy project honeymoon

The back-to-reality phase

Questioning the legacy project

The motivation slump

The last 100 metres

So, I was saying about Steven Pressfield’s choice of the term ‘sticking points’. Personally, I prefer to use a more positive term to talk about the progression of the different phases.I have chosen the term ‘legacy project cycle’ to describe the process that is made up of these phases. I like the term ‘cycle’, because it indicates that going through all the low points after the honeymoon phase is over is normal, that you’re doing okay even if you feel down while working on something you initially thought you’d love from beginning to end.

As I wrote in you are not alone, I think one of the most unsettling experiences while undertaking a legacy project comes after the honeymoon phase is over, when you think you shouldn’t feel down while doing something you chose yourself. I think this feeling is the cause of many legacy creators giving up on their projects, thinking that feeling down while doing it is a sign they are doing something wrong. I think it is important to make people who want to start legacy projects aware that for the most part of working on it, they will feel down, and that this is okay.

I hope this helps, and that whatever stage you are at in the legacy project cycle you can muster the strength to carry on.

The time is now.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com