Why is it that every new idea begins with excitement but ends in the ‘dark swamp of despair?'
Writes Angela Duckworth in her book Grit:
“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
Of course, you're likely to lose interest, energy, and emotional support from family and friends along the way. That's why it's equally important to have a vision of where you want to go and what you'd like to accomplish. Developing habits, a daily practice, also help fight the resistance.
Good things are supposed to take time. Progress ebbs and flows. It's beneficial, almost necessary, to step away from the work and plan unscheduled time. Even when you're not thinking, you're thinking; the brain never turns off.
If innovation were easy, anybody would do it.