The difficult thing you’re trying to do won’t always be difficult, but don’t mistake a present lessening up of the difficulty as progress indicating that it’s going to be easier from now on. Meaningful work is hard, and not just for a little while.
I learned this as a parent of a toddler. Time after time I collapsed into the arms of relief when my daughter reached some milestone–say, toilet training–as if the difficult work of getting to that milestone was now done. But it’s not. It’s just different now. You’ve visited the promised land. You just don’t live there yet.
I’m constantly doing battle with my expectations for the difficult things I’m working on. “We’re not out of the woods yet” is going to be my new mantra.
Besides, the woods aren’t so bad, right?