Author Seth Godin is one of my favorite sources of inspiration. I highly recommend any of his books. Seth's book on my mind currently is "The Dip." This is one of his shortest and simplest offerings, but the concept is essential.
As illustrated, the dip the part of any journey when you've lost the initial traction of being a beginner and your efforts are stretched thinner. Another great author, Brene Brown, calls this "the dark middle" and adds that the middle or the dip is the point of no return. The point where you can quit but you can never go back to who and where you were before you stepped into the darkness. It's a scary place to be.
What is Seth Godin's advice on the dip? First he recommends being aware enough to recognize if you're in a dip or a culdesac. A culdesac doesn't have the rise at the end, it's a perpetual state of rising effort with diminishing returns. If you can identify that you're in a culdesac, Seth recommends quitting that course of action no matter how much you've previously invested in it.
If you are certain that you are in fact facing a dip, Seth suggests two paths.
Why could quitting be the right answer? Overcoming the dip is such a difficult period of undetermined length that you must have true desire for what lies on the other side.
If you for sure want what is on the other side of the dip, then Seth Godin's "The Dip" is a reminder to keep running even though you have no idea how far away the finish line is. Seth wants to remind you to "never quit something with long-term potential just because you can't deal with the stress of the moment."
If you're like me, riding the dip, I wish you the best of luck and hope Seth Godin's simple concept will help keep you on your path.