That was the fortune a friend got at a Chinese restaurant the other day. Words of wisdom, sometimes - at others, that's exactly what you need to do. The difference? Your goal.
We often make goals that we're really excited about, goals that feed our passion, and then go for them. And go for them. And go for them. And sometimes, after a lot of going and not much return, we can get frustrated and want to change direction. Those are the times when it's good to ask yourself a question: Is this goal in alignment with my passion, with who I am? If it is, perhaps it needs some re-evaluation in terms of strategy, or maybe it just needs a bit more time.
Goals that feed our passion feed us. The night gets darkest before the morning, and that's something we often forget. When things seem hardest, we are tempted to lose sight of the goal and move away in frustration. But maybe, at that point, just a bit more time is all it needs for things to start turning around. If you walk through a fire, it's hottest in the middle. But you're in the middle! That means that if you turn around, you'll essentially be doing the same "work" as if you just continued forward. We only thing of turning around because back there is more familiar to us. But it was back there that we made the goal to begin with. Why? Because we wanted something different.
Sometimes, though, we realize that our goal is not in alignment with who we are. We are not happy working, working, working towards this "thing" that we are starting to realize isn't even feeding us. At those times, switching horses midstream may be exactly what we need to do, for our own happiness and our own health. So you can see how important it is for us to be in touch with our dreams and the goals we make around them.
Where are your horses, and what are they headed towards? Are they in the deepest part of the stream yet? If they're there, and they're headed towards something you don't have joy around, maybe it's a good time to switch horses, to find ones that will carry you towards what will make you happy. But if they're in the deep part of the stream and they're headed towards your dream, keep going! Life will support your effort 100%. To turn around will dampen both your spirits and those of your horses, and you will be back on the same bank where you started.
Life is here to be lived. Getting to midstream over and over and turning around every time does not feed us. It wears us out. And eventually we become numb to it all. But working with your horses, navigating the stream, knowing that the deep comes after the shallow on this side but before the shallow on that side helps us stay focused, passionate, and excited. Keep your eye on the stream and your mind on the other side. Your horses will carry you. They know the way.