I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel.

I’ve been working on a particular project for six months. For the past three months, I’ve pushed through exhaustion, creative roadblocks, naysayers, and my own doubt.

And now, a light appears, bright and glorious. In it, I see the splendor of success.

My payoff.

My reward.

My finished project.


I am this close to it being all over.

I started to let up just a little. I started to focus on the results, not the process. I began to revel in my future success. My feet no longer seemed to travel one in front of the other.

But then this thought rattled through my brain:

Blinded by the Light at the End of the Tunnel
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I was blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel.

The light no longer represented a goal. It no longer became something for which to strive.

It became a blinding impenetrable force keeping me from reaching what was on the other side.

Success resides on the other side of the light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t let the light blind you.

What are you striving for right now?

10 thoughts on “The Light at the End of the Tunnel

  1. Carol Dublin says:

    Never thought of the light that way – but it makes sense. Glad you are almost to your goal and can’t wait to see all the results. Thank you for all your inspiration!

    1. Jon Stolpe says:

      I agree. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the project and its completion (if you can share it here).

      1. Matt McWilliams says:

        I doubt that I will as it is for a client. 🙂

        But there are a lot of other exciting projects that I CAN share!

      2. Jon Stolpe says:

        Yes, I’m looking forward to ONE of the projects that is due out soon. 🙂

  2. Dan Erickson says:

    We might fear to step through the doorway if we fear the light. I’ve found that writing can help us to eliminate the fear. If we write our way through, we will be more likely to step through that doorway.

    1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

      I like that idea Dan! I think blogging this past year has done exactly that for me!

      1. Matt McWilliams says:

        I agree with @DanErickson8:disqus – often writing out my thoughts helps me.

        And what really helps me is telling 100+ people a day to do something and then remembering my own words.

  3. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    I’m striving to get to a place where I don’t feel like I’m playing catch up every second of the day. I’m getting closer and closer. I feel like I’m “right there” I just need to keep pushing past the light at the end of the tunnel like you suggest! What a great quote Matt, thanks!

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Hmmm reminds me of the quote:

      Run THROUGH the tape not TO the tape.

      Keep pushing brother.

  4. Joshua Rivers says:

    I’ve got several things! New web design business, starting a podcast, blog redesign… I’m seeing a light, and I’ve started to speed up. I’m praying it stays that way as I get closer! Passion and adrenaline are working pretty good right now.

    Thanks for the post, Matt!

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