What Is ‘The Dip’ And Why Should You Care?

*** Beginning Rungs of the Ladder

Dear Indigo,

What if I told you sometimes things have to get worse before they get better?

The Dip is that period of time.

For example, take learning how to snowboard:

For 1–3 days, you’re in The Dip.

You’re on your bum 90% of the time.

Your backside is wet and cold and in constant pain.

Your wrists feel like they could snap the next time you fall.

There’s snow all through your jacket and in your gloves.

You feel completely out of control and think you might be the worst snowboarder to have ever lived…

But then, around day 4, you begin climbing out of The Dip.

You start falling less.

You feel more in control.

You’re linking turns.

And for the first time in 4 days, you begin to enjoy the feeling of snowboarding!

Which is precisely when people who never tried or gave up too soon look at you and say, “Wow, I wish I could do that,” not recognizing The Dip that you went through to get to where you are.

It’s a critical part of life to understand…

That sometimes, if we want to move forward in our life, things may have to get worse before they get better…

We may have to take a step backward — or sideways — before we take two steps forward.

Let me give you an example which is closer to home… because this is exactly what happened in my life.

When I left my job back in June 2016, I went from earning a stable 6-figure income to earning nothing. Fortunately, I had some savings from the past few years to use while I was trying to transition my life.

But even with those savings, from July through to October I had to eat some humble pie and do some low pay side jobs to get a little cash flow while I was trying to get my online business up and running.

Then in November I made my first sale online — for $120.

In December, that increased to $1,140.

January was pretty similar with $1,580 in sales.

In February, sales almost doubled to $3,080.

And then in March, they shot up to $16,855 — more than what earned per month from my 6-figure job.

The Dip for me was from July to March: A period of uncertainty, doubt, confusion, worry, stress…

But also a period of excitement for the new life of fulfillment and freedom that I was creating.

And now I’m in a fortunate position to scale my business to income levels which I would have only been able to attain with another 10–15+ years climbing up the corporate ladder…

But I had to take a step backward before I went forward.

And that’s just the reality of life sometimes…

Until next time.

Your friend,
James Melouney