About the battle
In talking about the Squiggly Line I may seem a little glib about the concept (and the act of) deliberate discomfort.
Taking “a big leap” is the action that gets you on the squiggly line (quitting your job, moving countries, embarking on that project that you feel compelled towards). That is the first step. It’s scary, takes guts, feels like a potentially monumentally bad idea and it will seismically shift your life.
But ask anyone who has taken the big leap and they will likely tell you they had no choice. They were so compelled in the direction of the big leap that it felt necessary, obvious; like breathing (ok – maybe that’s a little dramatic).
The hard part is what happens after the big leap. For there we find deliberate discomfort. If we were talking about sports we would look at training beyond your current level of fitness. This is the stuff that hurts. This is the daily work of finding our way on the new path, the new trajectory that we have established.
Inevitably we have day after day, possibly week after week and in some cases month after month of not knowing whether we are doing the right thing. And in many instances feeling the daily beating of squiggling.
Have I made the right decision, did I just completely screw up, what will people think of me, what am I going to do?
This is the battle. Will you persevere, will you last longer in the ring than those voices of self-doubt, will you fight for that vision that is just out of reach?
The reality of the squiggly line is that it doesn’t come easy. You are setting out to create something that hasn’t existed before and you will meet resistance. Your job is to persevere, to get back up after you fall down and to keep forging forward in pursuit of your mission.
This is the battle. It’s very real, it’s very personal and it’s intense. But – I promise you – if you want it bad enough, it’s yours for the taking.