Learning to Embrace the In-Between

I love beginning projects. Nothing is more exciting that launching something important. I love finishing projects too. As an achiever, I live to check things off my to-do list.

It’s that middle part I don’t like so much.

It’s true of projects. And it’s also true of life. The middle part is the hard part. The messy part. The part I wish I could avoid.

But Jeff Goins new book, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing is a great reminder that the middle is where the important stuff happens.

This is a hard message for most of us to hear. We live in a world of instant gratification. We want what we want and we want it now.

But this is not how life works. Much of it is spent waiting:

  • waiting to see the doctor;
  • waiting to get your driver’s license renewed; or
  • waiting to hear if your got the job.

Let’s face it, we’re restless. We’re dissatisfied with where we are now.

This even happens when we aren’t waiting but working through the projects, relationships, and events that make up ninety percent of our daily lives.

The In-Between is a call to accept the importance waiting plays in our lives. As Jeff notes,

Maybe the ‘good stuff’ isn’t ahead of or behind us. Maybe it’s somewhere in between. Right in the midst of this moment, here and now…. Perhaps, the abundant life we’ve been seeking has little to do with big events and comes in a subtler form: embracing the pauses in between major beats.

The moments of break-through where real change happens aren’t typically instant and extraordinary. They usually happen gradually in the ordinary course of our lives.

This book is a wonderful corrective to our modern, give-it-to-me-now culture. It is a powerful reminder that we must embrace the “long game” of life, if we are to experience the love, joy, and peace we seek.

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I’m in the middle of management in my career. In all likelihood, I’ll be moving up in the next few years as people move up or retire. I intend on using this time to grow and prepare for the next step.

    • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

      No doubt you’ll be great at it, Jon.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Sundi Jo!

    • Heather C Button

      I’m trying to do the same within my office too. It’s tough, and everything is changing around me right now.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        I can definitely relate. It seems like things are accelerating towards this transition. I want to enjoy this part while I prepare for the next part.

  • gadfly1974

    Last week, I finished my coursework to become a school principal. I’ve already had my first interview—and my first rejection.
    I’m learning all over again the importance of patience and persistence. These are qualities I encourage in my students, but not ones I enjoy experiencing myself!

    • Delora

      Congrats on completing your course work. When the door opens you will be a great principal!

      • gadfly1974

        Thank you!

    • Heather C Button

      I just wanted to tell you, my mom thought she was passed over from being a Principal, after being a VP for 5 years, and was content to stay in the place when she suddenly got promoted. The timing will be right when it happens for you!

  • http://justincarper.com/ Justin Carper

    I am directly in-between many things right now. I am currently in-between Dave Ramsey’s plan (baby step 3). I also am in between Starting (Jon Acuff); I have started my blog thanks to your encouragement Michael, and I am working towards putting a podcast together. It seems we are always in the in-between in some facet of our lives; I would love to get Jeff’s perspective on that critical time.

    • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

      Awesome, Justin. I’m on Baby Step #2. Just finished Lesson 11 of the FPU.

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    I am launching a new ministry and I have told God a million times I don’t want to move until He moves. But there are days I feel this sense of urgency, especially when I see a broken woman without a place to go. But He gently reminds me that He is in control and I am in the in-between.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      There is no better place than to be in the hands of God.

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

        Indeed.

        • Guest

          I also feel a sense of urgency some days Sundi. Do you sometimes feel like it is God’s way of silently leading us?

          • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

            Indeed. He always seems to back it up too. Wednesday that very thing happened. Just when I started to wonder if I was doing the right thing, a large donation showed up.

    • http://www.generouscuriosity.com/ Aaron Coon

      Discernment is definitely the key. Being in tune to God’s voice will let you know when to move in His perfect timing. Be encouraged and keep moving forward!

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

        Thanks, Aaron.

    • Jeneen Jefferson

      I am in full understanding of the place you are. This is where I am also.

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

        Exciting Jeneen. What are you pursuing?

        • Jeneen Jefferson

          I want to help hurting people to heal and understand true forgiveness. Particularly helping abused women, physically and sexually. Also helping women to transition from that life into a better life and walking them through the process but letting them do the work. Once I move I know doors will open for me in all of those areas. I use to do this when I lived in CA now I am divorced and it has been 7 years since I have worked in that capacity butit has never left me.

          • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

            Wow – that’s great. That’s very similar to what God has called me to do.

            Here’s a little background info on what we’re doing:

            Esther’s House of Redemption (EHOR) is a faith-based residential
            discipleship program, offering hope to broken women, free of charge. We serve women from all backgrounds, ages 18-50, who struggle with life-controlling issues, such as alcohol and drug addictions, depression, self-harm, and more. Esther’s House provides a safe place for those who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, including prostitution and sex trafficking.

            Our goal is to help women be restored to wholeness. Esther’s House of
            Redemption does that through a structured residential environment with a holistic approach and professional counselors. It is our mission to see women find freedom from their past and hope for their future.

          • Jeneen Jefferson

            This is awesome! I believe in divine connections and this meeting was no mistake. I would like to keep in contact with you. Do you have a website or other contact information? I also want to minister to women in prostitution also. This is great!!!

          • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

            Jeneen, you can visit my website at sundijo.com. All my contact info is there. Love divine appointments.

  • Mark

    In the midst of career transition – working through the challenge of finishing well and remaining fully engaged in my current responsibilities while looking forward to the opportunities & challenges my new position will bring.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    In the middle of putting our daughters through college! I’m wondering how we’re doing it, but somehow we’re walking that tightrope between the ledges of beginning and ending. One foot in front of the other . . .

  • Brenna

    I’m finishing a book project and it’s quite painful! I’m learning I don’t always finish things excellently because I just want to be done! Excited about Goins new book :)

  • http://www.generouscuriosity.com/ Aaron Coon

    I’m in the middle of starting a small business. I am learning that there are a lot of tedious projects that need to be completed and that patience and perseverence are a must. It is easy to dwell on the what ifs and get overwhelmed and quit. However, if you quit during the “in-between” then your dreams and goals will never be fulfilled or completed.

  • Geoff Pound

    My wife and I have just finishing walking the Camino from France to Santiago and then to the western coast of Spain. Starting was exciting, finishing was a thrill but the middle was so ordinary and humdrum, many pilgrims caught a bus. What is it that keeps you going in the middle of a walk, the middle of the year, the middle of a course, the middle of a relationship and the middle of a project? This is so important because most of life is commonplace and tough not exciting and a barrel load of laughs.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I bet you could write a dozen blog posts from that one experience …

  • http://www.apprenticeshipofbeinghuman.com/ Graham Scharf

    I’m in the middle of publishing, and finding that there’s nothing like putting one foot in front of the other toward specific, actionable goals.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Few things teach about waiting as much as PUBLISHING. Whew.

      • http://www.apprenticeshipofbeinghuman.com/ Graham Scharf

        Well, I’m gleaning insight while working and waiting . . . listening to Get Published. :)

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Ah, nice! Hope you’re enjoying it, Graham. But mostly I hope it’s helping you do what you were made to do!

  • Yvonne

    Right now my life is in between. I have learned to enjoy it. I have been blessed with the time to enjoy things I normally wouldn’t have time for. I have learned to start my day really enjoying the blessings of the beautiful sunrise which usually starts me thinking about something I roll in my head for the day. Anything from the limitlessness of God, to remembering all my blessings when my day doesn’t go as I planned. Learning to enjoy being with God all day and waiting for Him.

  • Kenny

    I am currently in a company reorganization. It will be months before I know my job status. I am in-between in many ways.
    My age and my future job decisions have created much stress for me.
    Reading this book might help me.

  • AnnMarie Costa

    I had just ordered this book this morning so I was so surprised when I saw this email. I would love to get one of the free copies to give to a family member. So happy to see it being so well promoted.

  • Gina

    As a year round strategy consultant for the children’s and youth ministries at our church and a summer camp, I do see the initial bubble of excitement at the start of new initiatives and projects. For the most part, they stay excited till the end of the short term projects. It is the long term and year round or continual development projects that seem to be a drag in terms of staff energy. I’ve found the intrinsic value in keeping the vision right in front of them. Sometimes I feel like the cheerleader yelling out the vision, or the coach that yells “just a lil more” till the touchdown line. Without vision, we perish. This article reminds us to focus on the now rather than just the end line. I love it.

  • Sherri WilsonJohnson

    I am in between book contracts but definitely not lacking in ideas. However, I’m taking a little break to refresh my soul with the Word and a period of fasting, in order to let God pour new life and freshness into me. I’m learning that it’s okay to put the characters to sleep every now and then and let someone else do the talking. :)

  • Jim Holton

    no doubt many times it is difficult to find peace in “the middle” when you are looking for the benefit of “the end”. Good comments from the book because if I don’t engage with “the middle” I never get to “the end” and the satisfaction of goal accomplished. Maybe “the middle” IS where the good stuff is found to help us start and finish more things we want to achieve!

  • Benjamin Nelson

    Michael – i am definitely a checker offer too! I love to complete things, but really get stuck in the middle. In fact, the dining room in my house is shrouded in drop cloths even now because I began to redo the trim and then paint, and have gotten stuck, due to some unexpected schedule changes.
    Ah well – great post, and sounds like a great book.
    Thanks for your always great content.

    Ben

  • Ilirian Gjoni

    At my work as program managerI am in between two life cycles in our program of 5 years each. Finishing up a 5 year cycle, went through an evaluation and now going through redesign for the next 5 year cycle. Praying for God’s grace and wisdom.
    Wanting to build my blog (and Michael you have an encouragment and instrumental in deciding to go for it!). Trying to raise our 2 children 3 and 1 and yet serve the Lord in marketplace. I am constanlty reminded the God is in control and His grace enables me.

  • Kristine

    I can be waiting and totally miss out by being anxious and frustrated. Taking a deep breath and looking for something to be thankful for makes a difference in that waiting moment.

  • Kelly Norris

    My husband and I are in the midst of a ministry change. You ask “where are we?” And my answer is that we are on our knees in prayer for the next step, listening to podcasts, reading leadership books, and doing as much self development as possible. Waiting during the transition isn’t easy, but it certainly doesn’t mean that we sit still and do nothing.

    • Lisa Ellis

      I am a manager of a team of Project Managers and I find the most challenging part of the role is being in the middle of a project. The initial excitement has gone and the day to day management has kicked in. This is often the most frequent time I am having one on one conversations, where they are dealing with unresponsive project team members, difficult processes, challenging timelines, redefining the project scope, tolerances and budgets. I wouldn’t have it any other way though, it’s a pleasure to keep them motivated and we all get a great sense of satisfaction when a project is successful.

  • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

    HA! I am always smack dab in the middle of something fun it seems! Currently, in process of transitioning from day job to dream job. As a high achiever, I can see my goals being accomplished clearly, however like many, I too can get stuck in the in between muck made up with frustration and impatience. The great news is I am learning TONS as I am out of my comfort zone nearly every day and getting to surround myself with some pretty amazing high achievers along the way. As a bonus, because of my past transitions that have turned into successes, I now am able to give hope, inspiration, and encouragement to those stuck in those times which is pretty cool.
    Looking forward to reading Jeff’s book!!!!
    Live Beyond Awesome.
    Jen

  • Raphayelle

    Hi,

    I started working hard one year ago, and my life changed so much (mostly because I gained a purpose). I know that I will get it in the several years from now, but sometimes I feel like I have been in like idle mode. It is hard to explain to myself to stay focus on my tasks and to remember that it takes some serious amount of time. Mostly discipline helps a lot. Work, exercise, socialize and rest. I still want to go through shortcuts, but I know that the quality of achievement is better taking it in slower and more passionate way.

  • Correen FeartoFocus Townes

    I feel I am on the middle of a serious life change. Almost like a breakthrough to stability for my family. I have learned numerous lessons. Who is loyal, who has our best interest at heart, patience, how to value a dollar, etc! I feel something deep within that hash waiting for something much better.

  • Laurie McClary

    I am in the middle of writing a book. With this in mind I am working on perfecting how to stay focused and follow through on the work God has placed before me.

  • Daniel Good

    My Family and I are at an Awesome place in life. We have our house and our Bussiness of 12 years for sale. We are in the transition of moving south of Nashville TN. (10 hr Move) I am looking to transition to a role of helping individuals & Bussiness grow and reach there God given potential. We have been at a place of peace and growth as we follow Gods plan for our lives and enjoy the “In-Between”.

  • Jane Marson

    What a wonderful concept – managing the middle parts of what we take on – I look forward to reading this book.

  • Bethany Huebner

    I’m in the middle of beginning a new career and being catapulted years beyond my peers through achieving my board certification and becoming coordinator of our sports physical therapy residency in a matter of three years. This quick movement up the ladder fit my achiever top strength as well, but now I find myself in a lull. I advanced so quickly that I have hit a top end of promotion for a little while. I am learning though that right now is a time for me to develop and perfect my physical therapy skills and a time to develop our residents and mentors

  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    Such a great book, Jeff!

  • DennisGingerich

    I’m in the middle of waiting to hear about the funding of a 4 month sabbatical for 2014. I’m doing my best not to coast and make sure I’m still planning and setting goals for either a yes or no answer.

  • bo white

    two things always strike me about ‘waiting.’ First, it announces I am not in charge (thanks Paul Tripp!). People who have power don’t wait…God doesn’t have to wait….but I need to wait because I am not in charge. Second, waiting is countercultural. Waiting on the Lord isn’t even rewarded in the church….we’re a culture about productivity and if you snooze you lose….but perhaps, waiting signifies faith where as impatience signifies, well, self reliance. I am still learning.

  • http://sheridanvoysey.com/ Sheridan Voysey

    I’m currently preparing to speak at a conference next week on a similar theme, based on my wife’s and my experience of trying for ten years to have a child (and never succeeding). Sometimes that ‘in-between’ time feels like a wilderness – you’re tired, thirsty, empty, confused. But God brings great things out of wilderness experiences. Just look at the Jews after their wilderness journey. Just look at Jesus who changed the world after his 40 days in the wilderness. But it’s *in* the in-between/wilderness times that the significant growth is done.

  • Horace Ward

    Being in the ‘middle’ of a strong urge to be a writer is both a frightening and challenging experience. I sometimes feel ‘wrecked’ and other times exhilarated.

    The exciting lesson is to begin with small steps while engaging with others in the process of going forward.

  • Rosann

    Currently I’m in-between book projects. I just finished getting two published and God placed the idea for the next one on my heart, just out of the blue. So I quickly wrote it down and I’m headed off on a vacation so I can’t really run with it until we return. I’m learning to embrace rest and face time with my family, even though I’m excited to start writing again.

  • Christian Willoch

    So much to say here, and there is a lot of wisdom in reflecting on the in-between. So thanks for the post!

    On a day-to-day basis: I commute between Norway and Netherlands every week. That means a lot of time spent on travel. Utilizing these in-between situations has been valueable for me. It’s become almost like a ‘mode’ I get in to. After long days of leadership challenges, it is good to have some spaces were the only thing I can do is read, reflect, and rest.

  • Edwina Cowgill

    I’m in the middle of so many things, that I long for those pauses. I’m in the middle of finishing my book; in the middle of watching my parents, especially my mother, grow a little weaker each day; in the middl of coordinating a capital campaign fund at the church where I work. I have to remind myself to take pauses and time outs. I could really use Jeff’s book!

  • Gino Que

    Your post today perfectly fits where I’m at right now. I’m a documented immigrant who, for some reason, is having a challenging time with renewing my driver’s license due to some error made by our state version of the DMV. Interesting of you to cite waiting for a driver’s license renewed as an example. But that’s exactly what I’m waiting for as I write this.

  • Amia Freeman

    I’ve learned to embrace the middle. My pastor gave me solid advice on this, He said when life feels like you’re just moving along, coasting & you haven’t lifted higher or dropped lower that’s Gods way of allowing you to enjoy the view. It’s kinda like the window seat on a airplane at sunset! Breathe it in & enjoy the ride!

  • Robert Johnson

    I am in “the middle” between the day we launched a new church and the day we regain the momentum of launch day. Looking forward to climbing the other side. In the meantime we are strengthen the underlying strategies and systems so we will be ready for God’s next step.

  • P Moore

    I completed my doctorate degree in education a few months ago and am ready to apply what I learned in new career opportunities. A close friend finished with me and we helped each other when we were between milestones in our program. I am a natural encourager who also needs encouraging during this time of transition. I pray a lot and try to remember to ask God to order my steps in whatever He will have me do. I would love to read this book during my transitioning time.

  • Chris Binion

    I am in the process of planting a new church. We are in the transition process from core group to church. The hardest lessons that I have learned in the middle is that vision takes people much longer and is much harder to catch than I previously anticipated. Big vision is scary to some. I am trying to learn to have the clarity of leadership by keeping the vision in view (farsighted) and have the resolution to see clearly the needs of my people today (nearsighted).

  • Jeneen Jefferson

    I am in between moving to a new city, waiting to hear that I got the new job, waiting for the new car I so desperately need, putting into print all of the writing that is in my head and starting the work God has gifted me for (helping hurting people to heal and learn to true forgiveness. ) In the process, I have learned and am learning that there are some people who I need to leave behind. Also, that there are people whom I have left behind that I need to go and get. I needed to still my mind so that I can make correct decisions and that during this time I have rediscovered ME! My goals have been defined more clearly as a result of the in between time that I was revolting against :-).

  • Jenbh

    Right now I’m in the middle of trying to build a blog community that will be used of God to minister encouragement and hope to others, while also helping to support my family. It’s growing, but oh, so slowly. Trying to wait patiently on His timing!

  • Jennie

    I always feel like I am in the middle of something! Waiting for this to finish so i can start that….starting something is easy and exciting, it’s the middle that is so hard. I want to be able to appreciate the middle more!

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    I’m in the middle of learning about working with children & youth who are growing up in a culture of poverty. We have been at it for 2.5 years, and have a lot to learn (and do).

  • Brian

    I’m in the middle of raising two children. Learning to be a patient, loving father.

  • RachelOakes

    I have a personality type that loves the adventure of starting a new project, and never even gets to the middle part because I run off after some other exciting thing I want to start. As a result, I rarely follow through on any of the “great” ideas. I’ve started 4 blogs that I’ve done nothing with! I’m young, but as my husband and I buy our first house and contemplate starting a family I am beginning to learn the importance of living in the present moment and being open to all that it has to offer rather than continually looking forward to the “next big thing”. I don’t want to miss all the good stuff in the middle!

  • Linda McCabe

    I am “in the middle” in a number of areas. Between starting a business and seeing it take off. Between being a full-time mom and sinking my roots fully into the next stage of life. Between launching my kids and taking care of my parents. And I am working toward learning to live in the moment and enjoy each stage, phase, hour and second. I look forward to reading this book.

  • JeremiahZeiset

    The in-between. That’s where I am. Waiting until the fruit of our labor starts to pay off…

    Jeremiah Zeiset

  • Barry Smith

    I am in-between a career in construction and a career as a coach, speaker, trainer and author. I am learning that building a career around who you are instead of what you do is difficult, but much more rewarding and significant.

  • Steve Goble

    I’m in the middle of waiting to hear about a potential major new contract for my business that will allow me to be at home more with my family. God is trying to teach me patience, and I think I’m learning a little bit of it.

  • mikemessina

    I am in the middle of several big projects at work. I am also in the middle of studying for a certification, and I just started training for a marathon in November. Right now, I am learning to keep pushing forward and not give up.

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

    How long will we have to wait to know if we have won? (totally kidding!)

    I love the message – I spent a whole evening discussing this thought with my wife after I first viewed the video. Powerful, to say the least and especially relevant to me at this very moment!

    I’m learning do to what I can with what I have where I am…

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Lol. Probably longer than you want to wait. ;)

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

        oh yeah : )

  • Kevin Steffey

    In the middle of transitioning our business model. Have learned it takes perseverance to push through the middle ground / grind to smooth sailing.

  • Gerry Little

    I am in the middle of getting my AS degree in Business Management as a full time student. I have completed 3 semesters and have 3 more to go. I have used up my financial resources (for household) and not sure where my resources for the next 3 semesters will be coming from. I trust God has provided so far and he will provide for the next but the not knowing is very hard.

  • Mike McDougle

    I moved back to the US from working for almost five years in Ukraine about a year ago. We (my wife, kids and I) have been waiting until September to move to China. I am learning patience as well as the ability to be content being in a place I don’t want to be.

  • Robbie Harper

    I am in between my day job and launching a business. Its amazing because my day job takes up so much time and a lot of left over time is spent working on my business. Many times I forget to live in the moment. In two weeks, my wife and I are going to have our second child. This is a huge reminder that I need to embrace the moments in between and live in the now. It is important!

  • Jimmy Moncrief

    I am in the middle of my career. I’m not entry level but I’m not executive level either.

    I’m learning both leadership and patience.

  • Oladimeji Olutimehin

    I just received a copy of your book Platform with some Natipnal Speakers Association book to study. It’s a preparation for the launch of a speaking and coaching career both online and physical. Also trying my hands on writing books, ebooks and videos.

  • Nancy Ferrin

    Trusting God in the middle of life-change… new career about a year ago as a public school teacher… new home two weeks ago that I truly love… new challenges with my adult children… seeking a new relationship… new ministry opportunities. So excited about all that is ahead because God is always faithful!

  • Keesha Hawkins Jones

    Seven years ago, I decided to put my family before my career – or so I thought! Up until this last month or so, I realized that I’ve really just been trying to fill up my feelings of needing to achieve with endless commitments and instead of putting my all into loving and encouraging my loved ones, I’ve just been waiting for them to “launch” so I can get back to business. This realization has shown me the root of my past 6 years of depression, guilt, frustration, and lonliness in the midst of constantly being surrounded by people day-in and day-out. I have foresaken so much joy and waved off so many memory-making moments in resenting the “in-between”,but I know that “God will restore the years the locust has eaten”, and He has forgiven me for neglecting my most precious gifts.

  • Jon Harper

    An in-between moment is happening in my house right now. We just got a new puppy who is sleeping. My 7 year old daughter is frustrated because she has “nothing to do” while she is waiting for her puppy to wake up. I’ve talked to her about these times, times when we can’t think of something we “want” to do. I tell her to do something she”has” to do. You can imagine this goes over well! Great article and I can’t wait to either win or buy the book.

  • Alycia Johnson Morales

    Since first hearing of Jeff’s book, I’ve been considering the in-between. It amazes me how much of life is spent in that place of waiting. I love living in the moment while the New Yorker in me is ready to race to the next moment, the next task, the next life event. I’ve learned in those in-between places to slow down so I don’t miss something God may have in store for me – His still small voice. Those big moments in life come like the earthquake, the fire, the wind…but He isn’t in those things. He’s walking and pausing with us all along the way if we’ll take the time to notice.

  • CoachJoyMartinez

    I, too, have Achiever in one of my top strengths, as well as Futuristic (StrengthsFinder 2.0) – I love seeing the future and what could be. I love setting and reaching goals. It’s the in between that gets frustrating and can sometimes lose sight of goals. I look forward to this book – I’m sure it will help me better deal with this transition time.

  • Cam Garven

    I transitioned out of my
    church of 24 years to do be a chaplain in the workplace at the same time in May my daughter of 24 years was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic both my wife and I are in the in between time in a transition of what God is going to do in our lives thru all of this

  • Emily Fell

    I’m waiting for my 2 year old daughter to get therapy for autism. It’s a long process with a lot of paperwork, meetings, phone calls, and denials from insurance company even though since 2009 it’s been covered. And now tons of waiting. I just want it to start, but I know it’s going to be a tough transition for her and the rest of our family.

  • http://www.DavidASpecht.com/ David A Specht

    As someone who leads several different periodicals (newspapers and magazines), I am always in the middle with some part of them. There is so much excitement on the front end of projects — the brainstorming and planning. And there is even more excitement when the project goes “live.” But the “in between” is where a lot of us lose focus, hope, resources. I can’t tell you how many projects moved to the back burner, only to end up dying there. It is a constant battle.

  • Tony

    I’m in between a new position and the tension of cleaning up the old position. Its at the same company so it is critical that all things are done very carefully. Exciting times, but also very hectic.

  • http://smallbusinesstalent.com/ Stephen Lahey

    I’m in the middle of growing a 2nd business. I’m learning how to apply timeless sales and marketing principles to new situations. I’m also learning about (and testing) myself. So far, so good!

  • Delora

    I am in the middle of deciding to return to school for my doctoral degree. Is it worth it? What other opportunities will open up in my career upon earning a doctoral degree? I am currently enjoying success with a Master’s but feel like I can do more. I am learning that I can’t get comfortable to be competitive in this changing world.

  • http://dogfuranddandelions.com/ Elizabeth @ DogFur&Dandelions

    I’ve been in a “transition” phase of life for a few years now, and it’s getting old. We’re in between life stages, ministries, and book projects.

  • Paul Potter

    It seems to me of vital importance on what you choose to focus on while waiting.
    “I wait for the Lord my soul waits and in his word I hope” Psalm 130:5

  • LadyJevonnahEllison

    So I’m right in the middle of starting my website and business. I’m so excited! Dave Ramsey, Michael Hyatt and START by Jon Acuff have helped me so much, it’s epic. I just put up a landing page because the site launches on January 1, 2014. The in-between for me is writing articles everyday, wanting to post them, wanting them to be right and excellent. It’s realizing that my stuff may not be perfect, but it’s real and authentic. And being ok with that. Giving myself permission to be confident in my writing and enjoying the “wait” for traffic.

  • Tami Marbury Peterson

    The “in between” is where grit, determination, and surrender remind us that we live “already, not yet” with God. As a new entrepreneur I am discovering how little patience I have for the reality of preparation and vital time spent before God when I am setting the agenda for every day. What a painful, but profitable revelation!

  • Grady

    The ‘in between’ is where the clarity and strength of a vision is tested. For both leaders and followers, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of why we tackled the next big thing as we get into the details, day to day efforts and – quite frankly – the tough stuff! One of the things leaders have to be able to do is lift themselves up and reconnect with the WHY. This was a good reminder for me. I look forward to reviewing the book for more helpful insights about the in between.

  • tmabie

    Michael, a timely post. I just returned from a 10 day camping vacation with my wife and another couple. As we were packing up, I fell and hit my head. I found out yesterday that I have a mold concussion and need to rest for a week with “no extensive mentally taxing activities”. So I’m in between vacation and work. I guess it’s a question of not doing and just being. Not easy! Sounds like the book would be helpful. May also be worthwhile to consider what God has in store for this time. (I’d be interested in a copy of the book.)

  • Steven G. Holley

    I am currently at a career/ministry crossroads with 4 completely viable options. Each one has merit and reasons to consider following, and each has a distinct leading in opposing direction from the others. In this “middle” of making a decision, God gave me this from 2 Chronicles 16:

    For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

    It’s been a really good reminder for me.

  • Lucinda

    I’m in the middle of parenting and the middle of life (54). I have two precious teenagers. Can’t believe our first college visit is next week. Some days it feels like it just started and some days it feels like its been going forever. I’m learning to continue turning my girls over to God and teaching them to trust God with all the stuff in their lives. It’s exciting to see them draw closer to God and it can be extremely painful to see them go through the hurts in life that ultimately lead them deeper in their walk.

  • deltafox

    The older I get, the more I realize the truth of this. Many years ago I started running. Later, nearing 50, someone talked me into running a marathon (which I did the year I turned 50).

    It was hard. Challenging. At times painful.

    After I’d done it, I decided to do another. I’ve done several more since, and too many half marathons to count.

    At some point, while training for my third marathon, I realized during a long run that the part I loved the most was not running the race itself. It was the in between.

    I absolutely love the in between.

    The race itself is relatively short, even if you’re slow like I am.

    It’s the getting ready, the preparing, the months of long runs in the cool early mornings, the fall leaves falling, then silence punctuated by nothing but the sound of my breath, the footsteps, and the quick smile and wave to another passing runner who also is in the moment and enjoying themselves immensely.

    Even when it’s bitter cold or raining (or snowing) or howling wind, it’s still the in between that gets me out there.

    I wish I’d known this 40 years ago.

    I’m so glad I know it now.

  • ELLEN LAMBERT

    I learn the most in the middle. I didn’t say I liked it, but I recognize that’s where all the growing happens. I’m an activator, launching and ramping up are comfortable for me, and who doesn’t love a big finish. But in the between, in the hibernation between planting and reaping that’s where I learn patience and humility, tenacity and perserverance. Starting is easy. It’s the keep going part that teaches.

  • http://jonplatt.com/ Jon Platt

    I can already feel myself hitting the sophomore slump of college at Baylor. It’s not the beginning, and it’s certainly nowhere close to the end. I’m learning that I can easily give up and coast through these years, or, instead, I can be intentional with them and get the most from my short time at such a great university, which offers so many awesome opportunities.

  • Steve Messam

    I am currently in the middle of taking a huge step in creating a platform to share my passions. My career in the Pharma Sales industry has given me valuable insights and experience to communicate, promote/market and build relationships. I plan to use my learnings to launch a writing and speaking career to empower and encourage others to be all they can be. I have learned that you must embrace the journey (the in the middle phase) before you reach your destination. The “In-Between Time” or “In the Mean-Time” is your character and career developmental time that will last a life time.

  • http://www.buckleadership.wordpress.com/ Justin Buck

    I’m in the midst of one of the most difficult times of my life. During this painful transition, it’s often tempting to look forward for the “light at the end of the tunnel”. Lately, though, I’ve been fixated on it to the point that it’s affecting my ability to make the connections to power through this present moment.

    Thanks for the reminder to gather up the lessons and wisdom that are being built in me right now.

  • Dijana

    I’m in the middle of quitting my job to work only on things I’m passionate about. I feel the unbelievable amount of fear that shows in the most unexpected ways. I’m learning the biggest lesson of my life – how to live on my own terms, do what I love and cope with fear. The biggest challenge ever!

  • NJ Darling

    As a real estate agent I always find myself in the in-between. It causes me a lot of anxiety and suffering: will my client get what they want? Am I doing the right thing? Am I giving the right advice? I’m about to shift and be a painter which will bring it’s own version of in between but at least it will be just about me and not someone else’s fate.

  • JViola79

    Today I feel like my life is just in between. :) And to be honest, I am anticipating what this new phase will hold for me. I would love to read this book as this would be a new author for me & would love to read his perspective. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  • Cheryl Morris

    I just went through a painful divorce after many years of a difficult marriage. In spite of my long-term efforts to make it work, it fell apart and I am left in a place that I never wanted to be, but had no choice. Where do I go from here?? I have to almost start from the beginning to rebuild my life, or so it feels. I have a tremendous sense of having survived a terrible storm, but my ship has disintegrated on the rocks. I am crawling up on shore and I am okay, but where do I go from here? This in-between place is exteremely lonely. While I want to be excited about the good plans God has for me, right now nothing much seems to be happening and I feel trapped where I am for various reasons. My challenge is to trust God and seek Him daily for guidance and direction.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks for sharing this, Cheryl. I’m so sorry to hear of your pain. The in-between is often an uncomfortable, even sometimes scary, place to be. But it can also be a place of tremendous growth. I’m encouraged to hear you’re trusting God through it all.

  • http://deloranow.blogspot.com/ Delora Peters

    I am currently in between moving to the next level in my higher education position. Going back to school and earning a Doctoral degree seems like a logical choice but is it worth it? With a Master’s degree I can still succeed but may never get the position I deserve if I do not return to school. I am learning that being comfortable is no longer an option if I want to succeed in this changing and competitive world.

  • Jim Berlage

    I am waiting through my second period of unemployment in the past two years. Waiting is something I am learning to appreciate as God shapes my life and circumstances.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I love that, Jim. I’m learning the same thing. It’s not easy, but it is good.

  • smuddles

    I’m in the middle in my career. I’ve reached my dream job much earlier than expected (I’m not 30!) and I don’t know what’s next. I’m waiting for the Lord to direct steps and show me where to go from here. I’m learning to put down roots and lsten more closely to the voice of God rather than my own ambition.

  • ecentrk

    I always ask God what I am supposed to learn during a wait, hard time or setback. I recently had neck surgery and had to wear the brace 3 weeks longer than originally planned. I cried.

    The 3 week in between stage has been some of the best in my life. Through prayer and reading, I have been changed and the direction of the ministry has been changed. All because of the in between. Otherwise I would have gone back to busyness and not sought God’s will.

    For shorter waits at the doctor’s office, etc, I always bring my kindle.

  • Rene Goodman Shelton

    I’m just beginning a new job, I haven’t reached any middles yet. But I know that if I let the middle go on too long, then my enthusiasm begins to wane and I have a hard time getting to the end. I am intentionally focused on breaking down big projects and focusing on the parts so I can see the movement forward.

  • http://www.the-white-stone.blogspot.com Brian Owen

    Six years ago, I achieved three major milestones: I got a Master’s degree, turned 40, and got married. Now, six years later, I find myself living a very ordinary life in the suburbs with three children under the age of 5 and all the challenges that come with raising small children and keeping your marriage healthy. Prior to getting married, I moved about once every five years. It took a long time for me to settle down.

    The beautiful thing about a simple life with family and kids is that my children slow me down and invite me to savor the simple moments of life: running around in the backyard, playing catch, feeding my infant daughter, stealing a moment of connection with my wife or a date night.

    Life is made up of these ordinary moments and I feel like God is inviting me to inhabit those moments wholeheartedly. Our calling in life is to love Him and others well. That calling is fulfilled as we embrace these ordinary moments of life.

  • http://www.laurenphelpscoaching.com/ Lauren Phelps

    I’m finally coming to a new chapter in my life career-wise. I’m looking forward to being finished with the in-between for a little while and enjoying sharing my passion for fitness with others. What am I learning? Time will pass regardless. I can use my time wisely and have fun and meet goals, or I can be stuck where I am. Either way, the time will pass.

  • Holly C.

    One thing I’m in the middle of waiting for a place to call our “own.” I am learning that I have to be open to learning, that I cannot force things to move forward, and that I have to really work in the now to see what there is to learn…patience, trust, forgiveness both with/for myself and those around me.

  • Mike

    I am currently in the middle of a Master’s program on strategic leadership. Definitely being stretched and looking at a future that possibly includes launching a non-profit. My life is all about the tension of the in-between

  • Tim Moore

    Life is a cinch by the inch, as they say. We are too event driven…too oriented toward the mountain top experiences. Are goals may be realized there, but not accomplished there. Rather, in the ” in between” times of phone calls, appointments, driving to clients, doing the stubby pencil work to make sure the proposal is just right (again).

  • Lisa_Brouwer

    Recently I made a life decision to quit my stable, well-paying job to chase my 20 year-will-I-ever-get-paid-for-doing-what-I-love dream. I don’t quite fit in either world yet so I’m recreating myself while I’m in-between.

  • Michael S.

    It’s becoming clearer and clearer that all the things that I fear are the things that I need to be doing and I am in between on (ie. writing, prospecting, marketing etc) This awareness has been a great shift for me and I’m learning to embrace this fear and confront it head on.

  • Sharon Spano

    I just finished my dissertation so I’m in the middle of all that intense work and now transitioning back into my consulting practice. It feels really odd because I was so focused on one project for so long. I’m used to juggling a lot of clients so I don’t think it will take long to get back into the swing of things. I’m learning to be patience with myself through this process. And, I’m learning to stay focused and not take on too much too soon. Waiting on the Lord, as they say, to discern the next big thing.

  • Tim Miller

    I am “in between” jobs, which means trying to keep my heart, body, mind and spirit alive and prepared for the next big thing.

  • Jackson Troxel

    Over the past two months, I have been smack dab in the middle of waiting for God’s direction as I was considering (praying, reading, seeking Godly counsel) whether it was God’s direction and timing to marry an amazing woman of faith from my church.

    Through this period, I can say that I learned more about my heart and my feelings than any other time. I also learned more about the heart of God– that the God of the Universe is a personal God who knows exactly where each one of us is at in our lives. He truly does meet us where we are. In being “in between” and seeking God and His will through this monumental decision in my life, I can say that I see God in a more intimate way, having a closer relationship with Him than ever before in my life. I am so thankful for this time of waiting, which has led to so much growth.

  • Kathy Rushing

    In the middle of…caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s, and having just launched baby girl, the last of 3, trying to determine which of 3 directions to go. In the middle of “life”…hopefully. Though none of us knows how long we have, I want to be fruitful and use my gifts for the next generation. Ps. 71:18 has become my verse for this season: “Now that I am old & gray (except I pay a lot of money to hide that!) do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.”

    • http://www.craftydad.com/ Michael @ CraftyDad.com

      Kathy: Love your attitude. And your sense of humor. God bless!

  • Cheryl White

    I (or rather, we) are currently on pause in the relocation of the women’s recovery ministry I case manage for. As a part of our mission’s vision and strategic plan, we will be doubling the number of women we can house, as well as take in women with children. We look eagerly to the opportunities to minister to these ladies and their children and have even found the building of our dreams. Unfortunately each time we think we are moving forward on our plans, something else comes up which leaves us in the wait. We know God’s timing is always perfect and as a team we daily look to Him to show us what the reason for the wait is.

  • Paul Stafford

    I’m a great starter and always thought it was finishing that was the problem. Am I really just getting bogged down in the middle?

  • http://www.craftydad.com/ Michael @ CraftyDad.com

    I’m currently in the middle of having a son in high school…and sending him off to college in a few weeks. Emotions are running high in my house right now!

    I’m torn between memories of a little boy…and the transformation of a young man moving forward with his life. Happy and sad all at the same time. Lord help me.

    It will all work out. It always does. In-between times CAN be tough. I’m there. And I’m feeling it.

    Fingers crossed that I win a copy of Jeff’s book. : )

  • http://www.endocreative.com/ Jeremy Green

    I am one month away from getting married to my beautiful fiance. We have been engaged since March and I find myself getting impatient to start our life together. However, at the start of our engagement we made a decision to use this ‘interim’ time to learn how to work together as a team. Through wedding planning, moving, and all the other details that comes with joining two lives together, we have grown so much closer to one another. One month to go…

  • Michelle Dickens

    I am right in the middle of coming out of the pit of insecurities and looking at what I don’t think I have and turning towards gratefulness for all I do have in Jesus Christ. I am learning the importance of gratefulness. I am learning that its not meant for every person I know to love and adore me, that I am not everyone’s “tribe” leader. I am called to lead the beautiful ones God sends to me and that is more than enough! I’m excited!

    • http://www.craftydad.com/ Michael @ CraftyDad.com

      Michelle -

      Grace and gratitude will serve you well. God bless you!

  • Deborah Palmer

    I am in the middle of a life change to improve my health. I know the steps to get there and I know what the end will look like but the middle, with little instant gratification is what challenges me. In reflection I realize the middle is where the learning begins, the habits are built and the appreciation for the journey is found. The middle is proof that if it was easy everyone would do it! Living life intentionally~

  • Kidmin360

    YES! This looks like a fantastic book addressing a subject that so many (including me!) have dealt with but probably never fully identified. I see it a lot in the children’s & family ministry leaders I work with daily, as well. Can’t wait to read it – just added it to my Amazon Wish List in case I’m not one of the 50. :)

    Greg Baird, KidMin360.com

  • Kris Konick

    I am in the middle of a remarriage. Stuck between the weaknesses that hold me back, the destruction that always ensues, and the high calling, the calling out of the root issue my pride, that God actually has on my life. I am learning that the generational sin will either continue through me or I can attempt the Refiner’s fire in the hope of my own healing and better generations to come. I have learned by revelation that while I thought I was operating out of some sort of “survival”, in actuality it is out of sheer pride and not out of love as we are commanded. Most difficult lesson and challenge I have ever faced at the very core of who I am but He desires all of us, especially those parts we hold back.

  • Mike Chapman

    The attributes of God are many and infinite. God is holy, omnipotent, immutable, love, grace, mercy, self-existent, etc., etc. However, there is an attribute that you will probably never find in any book or lecture in theology. God is…SLOW! Of course, this is tongue in cheek, but in many ways for those of us who follow Christ, it feels like this. This is why perseverance is lifted up in the Scripture as an important Christian virtue. And, maybe this is why repeatedly we are admonished to “wait on the Lord.” The key is to find that God is in those “waiting moments” as well. Looking forward to getting a copy of Goins’ book.

  • Walter Redding

    Myself and 3 others are in the middle of establishing a 101st Airborne Association chapter in Huntsville, AL. There are quite a few former ‘Screaming Eagles” working and residing in the community and they all express a great desire to form a local chapter. What I’m finding out is that the 4 of us will have to do all the ‘grunt work’ e.g. draft the bylaws, run the election of board members, set up an account, file the paperwork with the national chapter, to make this happen. Once the chapter is established everyone else will join in and we will do some great things and represent the Division proudly.
    Air Assault

  • Marisha

    It seems or feels like I am inbetween several things and have been for a while: not sure where my personal life is going or even my professional life (feel like I’ve been stuck for a while, but all my attempts to get out dont seem to lead to anything…so I wonder what is God’s bigger (and better) plan for me in these two areas. I am just trying to learn to trust God more in the meantime and try to do my best to live according to His timing and not mine (getting things when I want them, etc.)

  • Erin Elizabeth Austin

    This is in line with what God has been teaching me lately. Thank you for sharing!

  • LRobins

    In the midst of change in my career and personal direction- working through the end of one project while remaining fully engaged in my current
    responsibilities and discerning “what’s next.” This “middle space” of transition is very difficult for me, as I want it all “now!”. I do notice that when I am able to tune into my internal spiritual compass I not only learn from the “middle space” but possibly change the next steps I had in mind!

  • Linda Kuhar

    I’m right in the middle taking my coaching and speaking ministry to the next level. Many times I’m paralyzed and overwhelmed with fear. However, I manage each day to put one foot in front of the other because deep within me I am determined not to give up! I’m learning to embrace and love the process by focusing on the now….asking God, “What is my assignment for today only?” By doing this, I’ve experienced a new freedom and acceptance of where I am right now.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    I have a couple related big life goal type projects that I feel like I have to keep setting aside because of new, great opportunities. It may sound trivial, but it’s amazing how in the midst of really fantastic projects that are good for my career, the things I’m not doing are continually there with me, nagging at me. I know I’ve made the right decisions for this point in my life, and now I’m trying to embrace the reality of what that means. It’s hard to let go of what’s next (to the appropriate degree) and really pour myself into, love, and appreciate what’s now. What’s now is so good, and it’s right where God has intentionally put me.

  • happyatwork

    I am in the middle of waiting for several changes in my life right now. There has been “resistance” from life’s obstacles but I count it all joy. Patience in the in-between times for me doesn’t mean to “put up with.” It is a matter of cheerfully enduring and having persistance and stamina until the changes come forth.

  • jonathan pierce

    I’m waiting to go on holiday in a weeks time and i feel like i’ve a ton of stuff to get done before then.
    sometimes that anxiety of will i get everything done takes me away from being fully present to each of the things i’m trying to do.

  • Paul Tautges

    In the middle of waiting for the Lord to answer a number of ministry-related prayer requests, waiting for final certification of our counseling training center. I am learning to keep doing what needs to be done today and leave the future in the Lord’s hands.

  • Marc Fey

    MIddle schmiddle…well, ok, it’s the heart of the matter. I think Jeff Goin’s message is right on target. In fact, the way Seth Godin describes how important it is to “ship”, to finally say, ok, project is finished and it’s time to ship it, may be tied into what Goin is saying…the challenge of the middle part of the project. I am looking forward to a deeper dive into Goin’s message.

  • http://myoil.org/ Bosede Santos

    Wrote a post recently about this same topic, Jeff beat me to it, turning it to a book, good going Jeff! It was my way of embracing where I am now on the way to where I’m going. Just starting out in the blogging and platform building world, trying to carve out a niche in that overly saturated world! A lot of overwhelming experiences and emotions, but giving up is not even an option. I’ve chosen to dig in my heels and give it the best I can, so that I can get to where I’m going not quitting midway. I called the in-between, my place of growth, my place of blessing. So, there, the in-between for me is surely to be embraced, because that’s the only way I can get to my hereafter.

  • http://tonychung.ca/ Tony Chung

    Strangely enough “Waiting” was the essay topic I chose on my English final to graduate high school so many years ago. I still remember the thought of enjoying the wait.

    When Jeff invited me to join his legion of fans to buy his book during launch week, I couldn’t help but sing that Casting Crowns song, “Somewhere in the Middle”:

    Fearless warriors in a picket fence
    Wreckless (sic) abandon wrapped in common sense
    Deep water faith in the shallow end
    We are caught in the middle
    With eyes wide open to the diff’rences
    The God we want and the God who is
    But will we trade our dreams for His
    Or are we caught in the middle
    Well are we caught in the middle

    We are always “Somewhere between contented peace and always wanting more: Somewhere in the middle You’ll find me.”

  • Anna Rychtowski-Brotzel

    The land of between is starting to feel familiar. Our family is right in the middle of building a business. It’s the slogging through part. It’s not the exciting beginning and not the wow look what we built part. It’s the one foot in front of the other part. I’m learning that building something significant requires a lot of ordinary moments.

  • Brad V

    Today finds me in-between the former job and the next one. Jeff Goins’ book helps me remember this is the learning stage, this waiting has a purpose, and there will be a next thing! It is a great read.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonmatyas Jason Matyas

    I’m in the middle of several independent projects and in the middle of trying to determine the best course to take to build my consulting business in a way that enables me to have the time to build the products that I really want to build. I’m learning (continually) that setting good priorities is a must, and that focus is essential to performance and reaching goals.

  • TVClips

    I’m almost an empty nester. For years parenting my daughters has been my priority, and now they’re in college or leaving in a few weeks. I find myself still thinking, “What do I want to do when I grow up?”

  • Heather C Button

    I love thinking of it as the pause between the major beats. It triggers a musical thought, like sometimes, we are just holding a note while the rest of the orchestra plays around us, but that note is still important, and provides the tension that eventually lead to the satisfaction at the end of the musical piece. But it’s really hard to hold that note for what seems like an eternity.

  • Laurie Sage

    I’m in the middle of “re-locating” from a home in NC to a home in FL. My NC house is for sale…and when it sells, I can buy one in FL….in the meantime spending my “in between” at my parents house (I’m 50! yet still a kid in their home of course!). Angst about “when will it sell”….followed by “what will I find to buy”….. An “Ebb Tide” in-betweener in real estate and physical locations…. working on patience (the right buyer WILL come??) and anticipating the next home search!

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/ Rob Sorbo

    My wife and I are in a weird place. She just started a job, we just moved into a new house, and for the first time in the 4.5 years we’ve been married, we really are starting to feel settled. Strange feeling, especially for me since my family moved a lot growing up. We just finished several recent big events, and don’t even know what to plan for or what to call our next “big next.” I’m very interested in what Jeff wrote about, especially since Wrecked was so great.

  • http://www.perkinsinhaiti.com/ Luke Perkins

    I just graduated from Dallas Seminary and we have just signed on with an organization to go to Haiti and train leaders at a seminary there. Right now we’re waiting for the green light to begin fundraising. Soon we’ll be waiting for the funds to come it. Then we’ll be waiting for the point where we’ve really nailed the language. Lots of waiting ahead.

    I think I’m learning to love the process as much as I love the product of that process. The process isn’t just a means to an end, but is a part of the end. Every email I send, every page I read, every conversation I have plays a significant role in what that end will look like.

  • Eric Chow

    My Organization just underwent a wholesale structural change with a new directorship position that I’m undertaking. Launching and crafting the new roles and structures was exciting but now comes the hard part – implementation! I’m stepping into new areas of responsibility and feeling the challenges grow!

  • Doug Hopkins

    Wow this hit me hard this morning. I’m in a new role that God uniquely provided but things haven’t worked out the way I thought they would. Now I’m questioning when and how to take the next right step and not getting many answers so I find myself waiting, in between…. Can’t wait to read the book but thanks for the insight in this post.

  • F. Stanfield

    Ah, the middle parts…. if it’s an Oreo, that’s fine, but if it’s a company transition and my spot is being redifined by others on a daily basis, then it’s not so sweet. It means a lot of patiently waiting while continuing to strive for excellence. If it is the half-way point of re-branding and tranforming the Children’s Ministry at my church, then the “shiny-new” has worn off and the enthusiasm for giving time and effort above-and-beyond to completing the change has dropped off. And, it must be said, I am approaching the middle point of life: that half-century is suddenly (?) much closer than I am comfortable with! In the wise words of B. Armstrong: it is not enough to begin a thing well, you must finish well too.” This means pushing for the high mark during the doldrums of the in-betweens…. selah.

  • Michelle Blom-Righenzi

    I recently quit a sales job that I despised after months of careful deliberation, planning and saving money. The “beginning” feelings of taking a leap of faith and walking away was exhilarating. Now here in the “middle” finding work hasn’t been easy and fighting doubts and fears is really proving to be a full time job in itself. On a brighter note, My faith and relationship with God has grown in ways that it never could have when I was confident that I alone could care for myself. I’ve also enjoyed had a lot of time for volunteer work that has given a new purpose and meaning to my life.
    I’ll be honest, I’d love to leave the “middle” sooner rather than later but I’m certain that one day I’ll appreciate this time and the courage it took face my fears and take this opportunity.

  • http://www.knowledgequestmaps.com/ Terri Johnson

    Yes, I am right in the “in-between” now, between book projects. While it is a hard place to be, it is a good place to be. This is when I can pause, look up and appreciate what is around me. Kids grow so fast and things change; people move in and out of your lives. We need to take time to pause, look up and get involved in the fast changing world around us.

  • Rebecca

    I would love a copy of this book! I’m constantly seeking the work/life balance, and always feel in-between on how to best achieve it.

  • Tiffany J. Purnell

    I find myself in the middle of a career shift…I’m trying to learn to not look at what I desired (and have not achieved) but at what skills, lessons learned, and experiences I am getting right in this waiting period.

  • evosm

    in between a season of ministry to students…trying to listen and sense
    where to turn and head off to further leverage their faith journey (and
    mine). everything got up ended in my mind after a vision trip in June
    to Kenya to see first hand poverty and the work of Compassion to make
    live different for so many…using this time of rest to decipher our
    next steps.

  • Alex Reid

    I find myself in that space of being married but not yet a father. I am using this time to reflect on the sort of dad I will be to any children God sees fit to bless us with. Would I like to have me as a dad?

  • Eric Boyd

    I’m in the middle of dealing with my daughter’s Brain Tumor. Constant fluctuations of what we expected to happen during treatment, and the reality of her not being a ‘classic case’ (She’s always been stubbornly unique!). Despite all the turmoil, we know this is God’s story that she gets to relay to the world…

  • Poppy Smith

    I’m learning, again and again, to rest in God’s timing for speaking opportunities. (I did SCORRE many years ago!) I’m waiting, but also immersing myself in truth: God is the real goal, He knows, He cares, and shaping me to be who He intends is what this life is all about. In that, I have both peace and joy.

  • Meggie Kornelsen

    I tweeted this link before I read about the giveaway! The video clip was enough to convince me… Coming off She Speaks I have a lot of questions. I definitely feel there is change in the air, but I can’t really put my finger on it yet. But I’m doing the next best thing I know I have to/can do… Like moving my blog to wordpress, starting a FB page for the women in Bible study at my church… There is much learning going on for my in this inbetween space.

  • Kwin Tan

    I am at that in-between period where I have published a book and am waiting for the launch. All the publicity prep is on the way but it is nerve wrecking when there isn’t anything else to do. I am learning (or re-learning) to slow down and to take a breather so that I will be in prime condition to be inspired once again.

  • Dave Ronning

    I’m 28 and a couple of years into my career in the mortgage industry. Currently, I’m in the process of building a team and implementing systems to allow us to perform to the potential that we possess. I believe in the plan, am driven by the “Why?” behind it, and can see the finished product – but toiling in the “in-between” drives me nuts as a high D.
    I’m learning about patience & consistency through this process. Choosing to complete the little things, day in and day out, will allow us to realize the Vision even though the results are not immediate.
    Brutal lessons…

  • Norma Guerra

    Wow…really made me think! Living w/ chronic illness, I’m always saying things like “when I get better/healthier I can enjoy life” when there are some little bits of time of normal,ordinary awesomeness in my life NOW that I tend to overlook.

  • Paul Malen

    In between allows us to look around and adjust our destination or gives us the opportunity for a better destination.

  • Michelle King Eigemann

    I have been feeling God calling me into ministry, and I feel that he is preparing me through a lot of circumstances in my life at this moment, and while not all of those situations are pleasant i’ve been working to find Joy in all things everyday. This also helps me to live in this moment instead of waiting for the next big thing.

  • James Orred

    I was just going to blog on the under-rated times of waiting, where you are tested and faith grows…but Jeff beat me to the punch. Someone had to write this book: Jeff hits it out of the park!

  • Anne Kubek

    The interesting thing about being in the middle is keeping things moving forward, even if you are waiting. I am constantly reminding myself that waiting does not mean “don’t do *anything*” – you have to keep moving forward even while you are between the big bangs. I look forward to reading “The In Between”

  • DLee

    I am in the middle of finding a small group of people. Several Churches are starting new small groups. I like to discuss the Bible as well as we talk and pray about our lives.

  • Ann

    I am in between stages in my life. Kind of in the middle of a couple of things–after a major thing, and waiting to see what opens up next. I’m learning all kinds of things!–like productivity, embracing the moment, maximizing what comes to me. I won’t say I’m GOOD at these things–but I’m learning, and trying to learn. And I’m trying to learn not to waste this time, as it may in fact turn out to be the very most important time I’ve ever had.

  • kirk weisler

    I am not at the end of my rope, or at the beginning…so I must be somewhere in between. I have learned that I must hang on to hope and move forward (climb upward) with faith. I have learned that faith isn’t just something you have…it is something that you must do. Perhaps that is why without works faith is dead. Faith doesn’t just get us started and it isn’t as needed after we have arrived. Faith is what keeps us moving forward and pressing onward…. faith is for the In Between.

  • Robbie

    there’s such a fine line between waiting patiently and losing hope on the project during the in between…

  • Stan Stinson

    I am smack dab in the middle of something every day. At work I am a project manager so I have multiple projects ongoing all the time so I am in the middle of those. At home I have a daughter getting ready to head back to college and a son getting ready for his senior year in high school so there is always something going on with them. I am learning that these are the best times of life, whether they are difficult or easy, so I am trying to enjoy them as I live through them.

  • Danielle Bisker

    I feel like I’m in between on life right now – that God’s got me at a place where I need to sit and wait on Him, a place of learning and drawing closer to Him. I’m excited about it, as I’m looking forward to growing in a deeper relationship with my God, however as part of the instant gratification that surrounds me in today’s culture, I find it very difficult to not look for the next best thing, but instead to wait.

  • WouterandJennifer Roos

    I’m in the middle of launching a blog; trying to make it worth something! I’m torn, though, between my family life and my passion for writing which inevitably gets the back burner 9 out of 10 times. I’m learning that my family gives me the material for my blog and I need to embrace them in order to build it!

  • Markeith A. Braden

    I find myself in between my job and my dream. It is hard sometimes to be focused at work, because my mind is always creating the life I desire. However, this blog post has helped me to embrace my present moment and my in-between experience. We all must experience the in-between.

  • Mark Mueller

    I’m in the middle of a 27 year corporate career and 4 years into being a private entrepreneur. I’ve felt the daily energy of ideas as I pursue my passion on my own time, in my own way but haven’t got to the point where I’m in my “zone” and on top of my career world. At times I get very anxious to find the right combinations of clients, projects and opportunities that will get me back at the top of my game. Lately, I’ve tried to accepted the universe will bring me all of the success and abundance I need and I shouldn’t do anything more than be present in whatever I’m doing and stop evaluating whether it’s perfectly right at the time. Still feels I should be making more right choices about everything the confronts me. Really want to live more in this present moment, accept everything that I encounter and keep myself open to the limitless opportunities that the universe is going to bring me. Maybe I’m just trying too hard!
    -Mark M.

  • Vince Trujillo

    Just finished my first year starting a new business. Going has been slow but I’ve got a little momentum and have several opportunities to grow now. I’m excited but confused on how to measure these opportunities with my vision. Time to re-evaluate and decide course of action.

  • http://www.theprudentlife.net/ Leslie A

    Thank you. A good reminder for me, as I find myself as a mom “in between” the almost grownup kids and the adult kids. I find it a weird place to settle in and am struggling knowing the many changes that are ahead of me and longing for them to just be over. This is a good reminder to appreciate this special time with my older teens and twenty-somethings and to take one day at a time.

  • MartiVeto

    Remember “Closing Time”? “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Really, the “in-between” is all there is. If we stay in the moment, if we believe in the power of now, if we trust that every moment is part of the plan for our lives, we can relax and enjoy the unfolding…which I think is what Jeff Goins is calling the ‘in-between’.

  • http://secondchairleadership.com/ Matthew Johnson

    I am in the middle of transitioning from working for a church to consulting with churches. I have a growing platform through blogging and social media mentoring. My passion is to help churches with their Monday through Friday because Sunday is covered.

    I am learning you have to meet a client’s felt-need in order to have an opportunity to address a deeper-need. Congrats Jeff on the new book!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      That’s a big transition, but the foundation for your future success will be poured right here. All the best, Matthew!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    I’m in the middle of writing a leadership book. Can’t wait until the finished produce is out. Great post and I’m looking forward to reading his new book.

  • Renate W

    I am in between a very busy time at work, at home( marrying one of my children off) and restarting the cycle in the fall. This is the time that I sit and rest, and think, and plan and dream. this is the time that I recharge my battery and smell the roses. I love starting new things and have a hard time waiting. I need to learn to enjoy the in between times.

  • Amber

    I am in the middle of switching careers after being a nurse for 10
    years. I left the medical field altogether and now working at a CPA firm
    in the Audit Dept. I am learning a ton, seem to be excelling quickly
    and fit in with the team. I’m stuck, however, because I have spent at
    least 2 years trying to figure out what exactly I want to go back to
    school for. Going from my previous position, with years of management
    experience to such an entry level job has been quite difficult to be
    patient with, as well it has had it’s rewards, such as steady schedule, a
    more negative point is the decrease in my salary. Do I continue on this
    CPA path or something else? My passion is child education, but there’s
    no way I’d work for a public school system. So I’m spending my time
    reading & talking with people and plan to start some basic courses
    that can be applied to a variety of degrees.

  • Yvonne Ortega

    I’m in a waiting period as I work on my speaking platform. I need to embrace this time, learn from it, and enjoy the abundant life as I wait.

  • Steve Ibbotson

    I’m in the middle of a no-employment situation. I’m learning how impatient I am and its reinforcing how much a man feels “useless” without a job. I hope I’m learning to be more patient, I think I’m learning to trust God more and to enjoy what I do have the time to do now.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      That’s a tough waiting place, Steve. Way to learn from it. It’s inspiring!

  • Shelly

    In the middle of a pregnancy and the little years with my young children. I am “on call” constantly and feel the responsibility of raising them well. Nothing too grand or glorious for others to see, but I have a feeling that these are very important years!

  • Steve Karolek

    Excellent commentary and question. I have several projects “in the middle”. Some are progressing, but slowly. Some are stuck. Today seems like a great day to pick one, refocus and drive it to completion so I can savor the accomplishment.

  • Michael

    I am in a place in my life where I know that change must happen and I’ve been praying and seeking counsel to help me navigate the next steps. My “in-between” season is teaching me vast amounts of PATIENCE, helping me to focus in on what I really want to do, and forcing me to come face-to-face with my own fears and doubts about my future leadership role. It’s not easy, but I’m am quickly learning that the “in-between” is quite necessary!

  • Scott Smail

    I think one of the biggest reasons we don’t like waiting is because we live in a very busy world…too busy. For instance, when we are waiting somewhere we almost can’t help but think about all things there are waiting for us to take care of.

  • rbodenstab

    I do a lot of waiting…and I am learning to embrace the in-between. I look forward to reading this new book!

  • Rodney Tow

    I am right in the middle of a merger, which could be a new job, or a 22 year end with this company. What I am learning is patience.

  • timothymoser

    I’m between launching and getting real growth on my blog. It’s frustrating because I feel like I’m putting out content for next-to-nobody to read. But I’m learning to be consistent and persistent; making two or three good posts a week, I’m getting into a good habit of writing and giving people good content, and who knows who might see it? If it’s always good, and if I make sure I get some good traffic, it should pay off in the end. And the good habits I’m developing will, hopefully, be with me to the end.

  • Adam Meyer

    I am in the middle of a move from Michigan at a job that I loved and a community that I loved to a move to Florida. Plenty of changes. Plenty of challenges. Plenty of opportunities. There is definitely an in-between feeling going from one place where settled to a place where working to get settled. New relationships to develop, new places in the community to get connected with, new routines. I agree with Jeff Goins that it is always best to try to appreciate the moment! Looking forward to his new book.

  • David Lawler

    Sounds interesting. The Amazon reviews look very strong. Remdinds me a bit of “The Power of Now.”

  • aljstephens

    We are smack dab in the middle of this deployment. We are sick of the whole thing and thinking we have many months to go. We are learning better how to rely on each other. Even kids can help more.

  • Jennifer Tross Westerman

    I am definitely feel like God has me in a season of waiting in so many areas of my life. I think he is using this time to show me more of himself and that He is always present in every season and ever so faithful, even through the waiting! I’m learning to look for him in all things and by trusting him and enjoying all the moments along the way!

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    I find myself smack dab in the middle of developing a writing ministry. I am learning what God’s has for me to walk in rather than setting my own agenda.

  • Beth

    I’m in the middle of living in one state and working in another…it has me feeling like I don’t really belong anywhere. I am lacking the personal connectivity which is essential to my happiness and productivity. The necessary move is on the horizon.

  • Lee J Tyler

    In the middle of understanding the physical effects of my disease and the spiritual growth that occurs as a result. A writer unable to write and too sick (and young) to get even a last hope foundation to help. And yet, the intense pain makes me somehow understand the gifts of God.

  • Rebecca Cortez

    I am in between the team training of a Saddleback Church missions trip to Buenos Aires and the departure date. Going thru the unexpected challenges of preparing for the mission can be daunting, but when I turn to Him I hear His firm and gentle voice asking me, “Are you going to trust me?”

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Right now I’m in the middle of growing my dream a family move to Hawaii :)

  • http://rachel-larkin.com/ Rachel Larkin

    I am in the middle of a big decision – whether to move our family (3 sons) to live in another country where my husband works (FIFO) or stay where we are. There are so many factors to consider!

    I am learning that sometimes the Pro and Cons list just doesn’t seem to work when the family needs to be kept together.

    I am learning that big decisions have scary actions attached to them – like trying to sell all our stuff when the storage unit wasn’t packed very well!

    I am learning that it is hard to juggle the wants of everyone in the family – especially with teenage sons who have discovered girls!

    Still deciding… I think it would be better if someone made the decision for me and gave me the action steps that I need to take.

  • Troy Beans

    Moving from 23 years of classroom teaching to online teaching has been an adventure. The waiting and the mundane can consume you if you let it. I check each week to make sure I have planned the physical, social, mental and spiritual. When I have life balance everything works better.

  • Roxanne

    In the middle of discovering what my career will be for the second half of my life. The “not knowing” is both exciting and unsettling.

  • kappadelta07

    I’m in the middle of making lots of changes in my life. I’m getting gazelle intense with my finances right now. It took a major increase in bills for me to take control of my debt and make it stop controlling me! At the grocery this week, I saved $15 with coupons and specials. It’s not a whole lot, but I’m making progress and that’s what matters. This process of taking control of my finances has inspired me to take control of other aspects of life as well. I’m running again, I’m eating healthier, and overall being a better version of me!

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

      awesome! keep it up, you are rocking it!

  • Elizabeth Young

    I’m in the middle of learning to be a mom and a part time business woman. I take steps everyday to savor many moments with my son as I know he will someday be grown. The challenge of carving out time to write and create my ‘professional greatness’ is what I am continually surrendering. Today as I carried George up three flights to our apartment he snuggled his head onto my shoulder and I knew right there in that moment that this is a very special time.

  • LindseyBell

    I’m waiting for God to work through a painful 3 years of multiple miscarriages-waiting for him to show me something good from this mess. I’m learning to trust…even when I can’t see.

  • http://AAPastor.com/ Daniel K. Eng

    “we’re restless”. this totally describes me! I was in line at the supermarket yesterday and I was just thinking to myself, “what a waste of time.” Then I started to realize that the folks in front of me were real people with real families. Took an opportunity to say a prayer for each one.

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

      wow – great perspective!

  • ingridowen

    I’m in the middle of personal and professional milestones. A divorce, after over 10 years of marriage, ended 2 weeks before my longstanding 18 year career was called to a halt during a corporate restructure. So, new life begins personally as I embark on a journey of happiness as a single mom and as an entrepreneur owning my own business

  • Michael

    I’m slap in the middle of being forced to work a job that I hate to pay the bills and doing what I love and am called to do. While I hang in the balance, I continue to better myself and prepare myself for my calling because I know one day I will arrive. I am also working on smaller projects like books and audio programs while I consistantly pray study read take notes and observe.

  • unicyclemichael

    Redeem the in-between.
    I really appreciated the post about the in-between and it reminded me that once upon a time I was we’ll acquainted with the in-between of my life but lost it in the competitive struggle to earn a living. When I lived more like an artist the in-between was part of my daily life and was as important to me as air. But then it got crowded out as less important but louder things rushed in to fill the gap. Now that I’m in my 50s I take things less seriously and have been working to release the artist in all that i do so i can experience that in-between once again. I look forward to reading Jeff’s book and possibly regain and redeem the in-between.

    Thanks so much.

  • Bryan

    My family and I are in the middle of transitioning. My wife and I have been staff pastors at a church for 12 years and are moving into foreign missions. It’s been a fun, stretching, scary and enduring process. We’ve been learning patience and the need for endurance. We are towards the end of the middle of this transition. It’s been difficult, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

  • UmmeSaimaZainab

    I’ve been married for 4 years now and am a mother of two so my life is in between and i do feel that it is important to take things slow and realize the importance of these in between moments and give my best ao that the outcome is what i want it to be.

  • Carolyn Dunn

    I am on the sunny side of 70 and I am beginning a new career! From the safe “now” of being a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am training to the future “then” to be a Life/Career Coach for women entrepreneurs with ADD. The risky middle is fraught with marketing challenges and internet dragons. Every day I get up and say, “Carolyn, you CAN do this!” I don’t always believe myself. But it’s in the middle that the learning and the excitement lie. Pray for me.

  • Tinty

    We are in the middle of a very important and lengthy restructure at work. My colleagues are hurting and it while it is a necessary change we must go through it feels like it has been going on for too long. A number of people have said they just want this process to be over as soon as possible.

  • Shirley Troilo

    Smack dab in the middle of trying to discern God’s calling for my life. In the mean time, I have just signed up to go to Graduate School to get my MBA. My other adventure is to pursue writing and potentially speaking as I feel that this will be useful for helping lead women to Christ.

  • andrewcyee

    I’m in the middle of trying to launch my own business as a speaker/writer/consultant/coach/spiritual director. I’m learning just how much I enjoy being an entrepreneurship but how easy it is for me to focus on getting $$$ to feed my family instead of truly serving others and honoring myself.

  • Robert McClimon

    I’m in the middle of where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going. While I’m waiting I’m reading and listening. I also have some people in mind for a cup of coffee. I’m learning about me,the good and the bad.

  • AscensionForYou

    Thanks for the post Michael … i definately agree with you because its where your energy and determination to succeed is needed most, thats why it is the most difficult ‘period’ to get through. Its funny isn’t it, we are often very concerned, have fear and anticipate the goal … yet we so often forget how far we have come along from point A towards point B! Cheers Dave.

  • Tamara Fickas

    I’m in the middle of pursuing a writing career. Have had one story published in an anthology, but am here in the middle writing, submitting, learning. It’s fun and frustrating all at once.

  • Lee J Tyler

    I’m in the middle of a crippling disease that causes more pain than I thought possible to live through, but has also brought me closer to God. I am listening for the lessons I must learn; in between life and the after-life

  • Shane Mackintosh

    I am in a transition of having to start over again after loosing a business and going through financial difficulties. I’ve learnt so much from this experience and still remain positive and hopeful that everything will turn out ok for my and my family. The key lesson I feel that I’ve learnt though, is to never give up. Despite what has happened I continue to work towards starting again and building another business from the ground up. With the support of my family and friends I know I will and plan to help other people in similar situations so they realise when this happens it’s not the end of the world.

  • http://mohamedaslam.com Aslam

    I’m in middle of couple of things. I’m in middle of Dave Ramsy’s financial peace university, your Platform book and redesigning my company website.

    I’m learning that handling money isn’t hard if you correctly know how to do it and be discipline. I’m also learning how crucial is a platform for a small business. One of the most important thing that I learnt in my business is how hard it’s create a satisfied website for our company than building for our clients. Also I learnt that the content is the most important factor of the site than the design.

  • Sarah-Jane Farrell

    I am in between leaving an under licence system to creating my own systems. It is not comfortable and yet flying my own plane and being confident enough to build it as I go along, motivates me to move through it and see the possibilities of expansion beyond it by building my own brand as my most valuable asset. I love your posts, they are a daily inspiration to keep believing I can DO and BE anything ! Grateful to you and your amazing resource super heroes

  • PaulVandermill

    Greetings Michael,

    I am most certainly in between, having chosen to step down from a key leadership role in my company. Life had became too far out of balance in my drive to succeed. I am learning that more is not always better especially when we lose sight of why we are really here and what is truly most important. Nobody I have encountered has reflected upon life saying they wish they had worked more. Thank You.

  • Ali

    When I read your post, I had conversation with myself. You absolutely right, so many times I focus on what`s two days, months or years away and often missing the moments which are right in front of me “the in between moments”.

  • Terry Ledford, Ph.D

    I’m in the process of marketing my book on healing self-esteem wounds, so I’m between publishing it and seeing it make an impact on lives. I’m learning to keep leaning into the project and encouraged by each time that I hear that it made a difference in someone’s life.

  • Mike Sutton

    Looks like a good read!! The principle is so true.Slow down and enjoy the process!!

  • Leland LeCuyer

    My challenge as a writer is distraction: my research leads me in new, unexpected directions. Staying open to surprise while keeping on track is definitely a challenge for me.

  • Kimberly

    Hello, Michael!
    I really enjoyed your post today. I woke up crying about the “middle passage” while I’m working on my vision assignment and waiting on God to unite me with my husband. All of the tears falling and confusion helped me to re-connect to His perfect timing. I even said out loud, “God, You are the answer, and I need some answers right now!” Immediately, my sadness was hit with a 1-2 punch this morning. After crying, I realized my Bible was opened to Habakkuk 2 (wait) and then went to my office only to see your “Embrace the In-Between” post. Wow, God’s care package to me was delivered through you. Thank you and keep shining!

  • suzideanne

    I’m in the middle of waiting for some new things to begin… My husband has just become the college pastor at our church and I will be assisting him. We are launching into what could best be described as an eBook writing business (helping others write theirs). I am putting together a proposal for a redesign of a space at my church…just to name a few! It is exciting, but it’s funny to find myself in the middle space before the starting space…waiting for them to start, resting in he calm before the storm.

  • Antdina8

    This is a great concept of being “in the middle.” You can find times on my Outlook calendar which is blocked off for this mundane time. Time standing in line at the cash register. Time going to the airport and waiting for the gate agent to call my boarding group number. This time in aggregate probably accounts for an elephant portion of life. It is in these moments I steal away on the smartphone looking for smart ideas like these. Thanks Michael for giving us the perspective.

  • Jonathan Mohr

    Great post! My wife and I are waiting on God to open the next door in our ministry (we’re on the pastoral staff at our church) while trying to be faithful and productive in our current role. I believe God promotes people who are faithful in their present position. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Pam Costa

    I am in the the in-between of learning everything I need to set up an online platform to serve my audience – the forgotten seniors who desperately want to jump online but are overwhelmed by everything. The in-between for me is implementation of the skills that I have been learning to build my platform to make a simple and clean interface where older people can get the information they need to start their online journey “Simply and Fast”. without feeling like they are bothering their family and younger friends.

    The best words of wisdom were spoken to me years ago by a coworker and friend Kathy. She used to say that there were special up and down moments in life, but the majority of life was the mundane cleaning house, cooking meals, raising your kids in the best way you knew how, etc. and that a person would never be happy until they realized that. Every time I find myself “in between” I remember those words and think of Kathy.

    Thank you Jeff for writing the book and thank you Michael for presenting it to us.

  • Donloree

    Oh man, yes! I am constantly ‘in between’ and it drives me nuts. I have found that embracing and loving where you are right now with time spent looking forward, dreaming and planning is the best way to keep my love of people and significance needs balanced. :)

  • Diane

    I enjoyed a major highlight of my running life in May–running a half-marathon in the beautiful California Redwoods. I had planned on doing another half in November of this year. I took about a week off of running and then re-started my usual routine, only to discover that I had some kind of ankle issue. I could keep on running because the pain eventually subsides WHILE I run, but then I experience pain afterwards. After a month or so of persistent pain/discomfort, I decided, for the sake of my long-term health and my long-term enjoyment of running, I should just take an extended break–maybe a month or so. It was a hard decision, because I really love the endorphin-high of running. And, to be honest, I was afraid if I took a long break, it may take me months to get back to where I was in my endurance (I am in my 50′s, and this is no small concern!). Nevertheless, I finally made the commitment, and I have stuck with it. I continue to exercise, but there is nothing like the joy I feel in running. During this interim, I like to say that I am learning “restraint.” Proverbs says, “Have the wisdom to show restraint.” I figure wisdom, restraint and endurance are all connected, and so this in-between time may be far more beneficial for me than running three times a week. I like to think that I am building some strong spiritual muscles during this time off.

  • bradyjohnson

    I find myself stuck between the onset of great new ideas and the actual start of working on developing these ideas.

  • James B

    I’m in the middle of a day job and setting up a business, learning to time manage and set aside specific time for high priority things balanced with family life – tough going but will be worth it.

  • Rick Parsley

    Reinventing myself in this digital sales world after being analog for many years. I love to learn. It makes me feel so young.

  • Jeff Frieden

    This reminds me of another book I am currently reading: Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, and Katie Yezzi. Some insight that I gleaned from this book is that in our society we live for the big dramatic moments in life, like the final act of a play, the last four minutes of the game, the test, or graduation.

    It’s almost like we ignore everything that led up to that big dramatic moment, but all of those incremental steps we just as important as the big finish. Without each of those steps, there wouldn’t have been a big finish and we wouldn’t have learned anything.

  • Barri

    Times get overwhelming when you begin to try to control the uncontrollable… Learning to Let go and let God

  • Roger Crider

    I’m in the middle of a teaching career. I am learning more each year and improving my craft. I do struggle when I’m in the middle of building a project or lesson. I usually realize at this time that I need to take some time alone to push myself through to the finish.

  • Dana McCallian Byers

    I’m finding that when I feel stuck it’s because God’s lining up circumstances for what’s to come and He’s usually preparing my heart or developing me as a leader at that time.

  • John C

    As you state, we are always in between. I am in between multiple work projects, as I always am, a divorce that was just filed and an elderly mother who has had a severe stroke. I find it to be an interesting thought of accepting waiting and the in between when most of the emphasis is on making every moment count, once a moment is gone it is gone forever. Perhaps we need to know and schedule this in between time, as Brian Tracy and others might say.

  • Msbeila

    I’m in between a lot of projects…hm and work. Just bought a house first time and trying to teach my boy handyman stuff and responsibilities…while I’m learning too. That’s 3 projects. Thanks to Michael, I have a blog…still learning! Building my career portfolio as I’m preparing my next promotion- 90% of my employers managers level 3 and higher will be retiring in 5 years! I’m learning to prioritize and hold off on projects. My perfectionist trait is being tested!

  • http://www.mikebone.net Mike Brennan

    I am in the middle of waiting on seeing what the next step in my personal art is. Recently I realized that all the art I do professionally is for someone else (their logo, product, sermon, etc) and there was a huge void in creating rt with my voice and message. I’m trying to figure out what the right next step is for my personal art.

  • Barb Mayfield

    My husband and I are a few years away from retirement and anticipating what we will do in the chapter of our lives. We need to be fully present and productive where we are now.

  • Eugene

    I am in the middle of a career transition. But the thing is that I don’t know if I should be even making that decision to make a career transition. I want to change but I don’t know if God wants me to change. Currently I’m not doing the career I have been doing for 20 years but I am not able to get to something else. I ask God to provide but nothing is happening in any way. But I am learning to trust in God, knowing that He loves me and will care for me. I know that he is wanting me to learn and I cannot be a sluggard about it.

  • Justin Dernison

    There are quite a few things that come to mind here. I am waiting to here about a job I applied for, an interview to be set for another, I am the middle of paying down debt, I am in the middle of my career, I am in the middle of changing my life, of fundraising for an important walk, in building relationships, beginning a new journey, of connecting with God, of this sentence… etc and so forth.

  • sandyinsider

    I love the concept of the book. Another author I follow, Michael Neill, also talks about the space in-between and learning to be comfortable in that space. I’m in between working for a corporate job and becoming self-employed. I believe it’s from that space where the miracles in life show up. And, like others commented, it’s the opportunity to practice patience – not always easy :)

  • Victoria Gaines

    I’m in between a midlife job search, heart diagnosis, grief over losing a friend and my little brother, and rebranding myself as a writer. Some days I don’t think I can handle anymore. Discovering (as Brennan Manning once stated) that I can’t live the afternoon of life according to the morning program anymore. The “morning program” often includes our obsession over achievement, success, and “running after instead of relationships. Suddenly, at midlife, we’re minus a few loved ones. We realize we’re not promised tomorrow. Now is all we have. These moments become increasingly dear to us, especially when we’ve suffered a jolt to our reality. Learning to savor the moments.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wow, Victoria. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss in your life. But at the same time, I’m inspired by your insights. Thanks for sharing.

  • Joshua Swift

    I am an assistant health director at a large health department after being the health director at a small department. Being in the middle has taught how to lead and follow while being patient as I wait for my opportunity to hopefully lead the agency when my supervisor retires. I am learning that I need to use this “in between” time to grow and mature as a servant leader so I can go to the next level.

  • Melanie Hardacker

    So excited for this book. I often say the significant moments of life happen in the middle not in the big events. Right now we are in between careers. my husband is between careers and has 5 full time years of school left before he will be a PA. I have started a new business and have a small blog, both are in the building stage, waiting for them to take off. Our son is waiting to start boot camp this fall, our daughter is waiting for school to start and see her friends again. We are also in the process of moving and living with my parents in between houses.

  • Kim S

    Thanks Michael. I’m smack dab in the middle of figuring out God’s plan for me. I keep trying to search for it on my own. I’m learning to be content where I am and now to say Yes to God, and listen to his direction before moving ahead.

  • http://www.messymarriage.com/ Beth Steffaniak

    I’m definitely in the middle of several “somethings.” I’m looking forward to reading, Jeff’s book and gleaning some new insights into this season. I’m learning what a great God I serve and how very much He loves me–all of us–as I wait.

  • http://lmbartelt.wordpress.com/ Lisa Bartelt

    I’m in between motherhood (my first baby goes to school in the fall) and pursuing writing full-time. For the last five years, my kids have needed all of me. Now, I find myself with more and more time, and more and more passion, to pursue my calling to write. I guess I’m learning to be patient. And to find balance. And that it’s okay for me to have dreams beyond motherhood.

  • Moonoverhill

    Editing a book. Such a lengthy process, and nothing in between.

  • Chad Rosell

    I was once told, “there is no such thing as a small thing” and I am coming to realize the truth of that statement more and more. Life is made up of a countless “small choices” that combined together heavily influence the outcome of our lives.

  • Sebastian

    As an University student, I struggle with the time between the exam and the time I’ll get notified about my grade… Well generally being a student is a time in-between, you need to finish you studies until one day you can find a job. However, I’m learning to enjoy every bit of it. :)
    As a single, I sometimes find it hard being content until God / I (depends your theology ;) ) find(s) me a woman.

  • Maciej Cioch

    Michael, I just want to thank you for writing your blog and keeping it fresh. It is so valiable

  • Matthew Snider

    Would love to read the book. The trailer is great.

  • Angela

    I’m in the middle of life after wedding and before kids. I’m trying to learn to enjoy, relax, and understand where I’m currently at so I can be ready to embrace the next step.

  • Mom2fencers

    I am in the middle of losing 40 pounds. So far I have lost 21. My initial enthusiasm took me off in a good direction. I know what to do, and I know how to do it. But I am in the middle of the duldrums and my lack of staying focused on the journey through the sea and wanting to see land on the other side has caused me to waffle. I have not truly embraced the journey as much as I have embraced the goal. I can tell that I need to sit down in the boat and realize that the “at sea and must embrace it” idea is a meeting I must have with myself.

  • Bryan Burt

    With my three kids as we go through each day and have those moments together. If I miss them then I miss so much. I treasure them and try to use them to the max!

  • Boaz

    I’m in the middle of a lot of things right now (aren’t we all?), but the one thing I’m focusing on is my weight loss/fitness plan. I started in Jan this year and I’ve made considerable progress. But I’m now in that “middle phase” where I’ve moved forward but am not quite there yet. This phase is frustrating and can be discouraging. I have had to renew my thinking on a daily basis to combat the frustration of not being where I want to be by reminding myself of how far I’ve come. It was at this point in the past that I used to stumble and give up. Now, I’m just enjoying myself, making adjustments as I go along, and treating it as an experiment. So far so good!

  • Joanne Tanner

    Michael, the in-between is indeed a struggle! I dropped out of college to raise a family at 19, but this past October, at the age of 43, I went back to college and was able to get my AA in May, maintaining a 4.0 all the while! I am still in school with the hopes of finishing my BA with a 4.0 in 2015. I am spending THIS in-between time deciding exactly where I can make the biggest difference. Sociology and neuroscience are shaping so many aspects of society and I intend to be on the cutting edge of research and development on how our behaviors affect and influence others and how together, we can all make a difference!

  • http://www.miserere.org Alessandro

    I love starting things. I have more ideas than I know what to do with, so I use OmniFocus to track it all. For the complex stuff, I use OmniPlan to navigate long, arduous paths as effectively and efficiently as possible.

    But when a “broken world slams into your comfortable life”, it derails you, and you find yourself wrecked… In the middle of everything.

    Right now, that’s how I feel. All my projects, personally and professionally, are stuck.

  • Dustin Bruce

    As a PhD student, I can wholly relate to the idea of struggling in the in-between. Every major paper or project has a difficult in-between time. When I get to the dissertation stage, I can only imagine it will be difficult to push through with joy at times.

  • http://www.coffeehousepilgrim.com/ Cody Alley

    Honestly, I feel like I’m in the middle of everything right now: career, spiritual growth, parenting, growing in self-confidence, etc. I can resonate with this message very well and I can say that I’m learning more now than I ever have before. There are probably two things that I’m learning more than anything else right now: talent alone doesn’t mean much if you don’t practice and prepare; and how you spend your time is how you spend your life (e.g. do you sit in front of the TV too much or are you living out your passions?).

  • Rick Carter

    I am in the middle of a tornado that surrounds me and I have to stop grabbing at everything !It’s important for me to recognize and see all the devastation all around me. I now need to focus on one thing and follow and wait. A message I received during prayer this evening when I asked. What I have learned so far is this must be what all the confusion and more that has been going on.

  • Joyce

    I’m directly in the middle of a long-term project at work, which is a huge project and it was super exciting at the beginning and the rush and flurry of activity at the end will also be exciting again, racing towards the finish. What I’m learning in the middle is to make smaller goals and milestones to rush toward each month and feel proud of accomplishing these without the only success being completion at the end, which won’t occur for another 1.5 years. Basically, trying to pace the effort better along the journey.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    For those on the fence, wondering if they should enter. Let me tell you the book is fantastic. Jeff has a way of telling his story but making it about you. Enter the contest and then buy another copy of the book. You’ll want to give one away as well.

  • Keith McClain

    I really appreciate that there have been so many books focusing on accepting where we are. I have been reading John Acuff’s book, Quitter and have found it reall encouraging and helpful. This one sounds good too.

  • Chris Eckhardt

    I’m currently waiting to hear back from a potential employer.
    I’m learning that even after exciting, fast paced times (usually the start), you still need to keep your head screwed on. You really focus on the launch of the endeavor, then you submit the application and time just stops. The dust hangs static in the air. But you need to get your head in the game and realize there’s more you can be doing. I don’t think you ever need to be just waiting, despite it being our natural reaction to suspense.
    For me, I’ve realized I can submit another application to the same employer, giving me another chance to 1) showcase different skills, experience, and qualities through an additional application, 2) follow up with the HR director to build rapport and sneak in another pitch for myself, and 3) actually get hired.
    If you can’t find other opportunities to move you toward your goal, if you really do have to just sit on your hands, it is a great time for introspection, clearer analysis of the situation, and rest.

    Thanks, Michael, for all you do. It is truly an inspiration!

  • Bev Hart

    We worked in missions for 30 years and for the past 4 years have re-invented ourselves when that particular phase came to an end. We have grown through studying personal development and leadership material. We are mentors and Life Coaches and recently started a business…waiting to see the fruits of the labour can be difficult, but we have used the time as a time of growth and preparation for the next phase of our lives.

  • Marcia Bednar

    This topic is me. Last year I left a position with an international prayer ministry, my kids have all finally left the nest, I finished leading a Bible study, my travels are over for the time being, I am trying to learn a new volunteer position, and it is summer. I feel like I am in between, trying to find my purpose in life. There is an emptiness gnawing at my core. I know God has plans to use the gifts and talents in some other way, but I find life has slowed down, and I am not sure where or what that is. I don’t want the “traditional” retirement, nor am I ready. I started reading sample offering on Amazon, and it has so intrigued me, that whether or not I win a free copy, I will purchase it. It reminds me of another book I read that I may go back to as well: The Land Between by Jeff Manion. I know I’ll eventually find where God wants me to be, but it’s the now, the waiting, that is hardest.

  • http://SourcesOfInsight.com/ J.D. Meier

    I’m a big believer in enjoying the journey, and enjoying the process.

    It makes all the difference in the world to recognize that you’re on a journey, or in a transition, or that something is a process, or a project that will take time.

    If I want something now, but it will take a while, then I find a way to make the most of the journey. To do that, I connect the little actions along the way to my values. For example, can I make this project an epic “adventure.” Can I improve a skill or work at “excellence” in some way, shape, or form? Can I “learn” something new and novel, about myself or others, or the thing that I’m working on?

    If I’m reaching for the brass ring, and it’s beyond my reach at this stage, then I look for little wins along the way. I find a way to experience some of the end-in-mind, sooner versus later. It’s like sampling things out to see if the grass is even greener, and it’s about going for some of the quick hits and plucking some low-hanging fruit. For example, if learning music, learn to start play your favorite song right up front, while learning all the fundamentals in the background, as you go.

    When I catch myself frustrated that the change, or the results aren’t fast enough, then I remind myself to embrace the journey and find a way to enjoy it as a I go, which often means, leaning into the challenge and reframing my expectations.

  • Michelle Discavage

    In the middle (actually, nearing the end) of Jon Acuff’s START experiment. I have learned areas of weakness in my writing and it has helped me pinpoint my own passions and goals. I am also reminded the importance of having a “daily method of operation” aka a to do list for each day.

  • Joanne Sorenson

    I am in the process of starting a business called “In Our Hands” , creating a place for faith groups and community groups to work together on mission and work trips. I have lots of ideas about how to do it but it seems like a LONG time until it will be up and running. I need persistence and perseverance!

  • Ann Kronwald

    The hardest “in between” for me is a writing project that takes up to a year to complete. The enthusiasm and sharp focus begins to ebb. Thanks for the encouragement to keep plodding.

  • Alex Doriot

    I am currently smack dab in the middle of a job transition. I’ve been working as a youth pastor at a church for 5 years, and will be stepping away from the church in a week. I don’t have a new job yet, but I do have some savings which will allow me to step away and take the time to find the right position. I am simply learning to have faith. God has been calling me to step away for some time now, and I’ve been scared. But the whole transition has gone smoother than all my worries led me to believe it would. All because of faith. God is teaching me to have reckless faith in Him right now.

  • Cuddy

    The “meat in the middle” is what makes the experience truly enjoyable!

  • Adam Collier

    love this, thank you

  • jimmyproulx

    I am a church planter. We are looking to move into our next space. The in between part or the tension comes waiting on other people to email or call back. You are anticipating the next conversation to be the one you have been waiting for.

  • Eric S. Blohm

    I’m in the middle of life. I’m 10 years into a wonderful marriage. My children are in the middle of elementary school. My career is in the middle of a continuous start-up mode. I’m looking forward to reading the book and finding tips and insights to noticing and appreciating the “In-Between.” I get glimpses of it daily, but I want to be more intentional in recognizing and enjoying them.

  • http://www.christenberry.org/ Matthew Christenberry

    I’m in the middle of learning. I’m wise enough to not be a beginner anymore, but I’m not wise enough to be an expert. Right now, I’m trying to learn as much as I can to make more of myself.

  • Dennis Bickers

    Part of my role as a judicatory minister is to assist churches in finding their next pastors. Right now I am working with several churches some of whom are just beginning the process and others who are well into it but still searching for the person God has prepared to lead their church. Starting the process with a church is always an exciting time, and welcoming the new pastor to the church is even more exciting, but the in-between time is often frustrating, tiring, and not always enjoyable. Congregations get antsy if the process takes too long, and the search committees get tired of endless meetings trying to find the right person. It can be very challenging trying to encourage them to keep at the task and not short-circuit the process.

  • Craig Mackenzie

    My wife and I had gone house hunting about five to six months ago. Well, we had looked at a few houses, and then finally looked at “the One.” It was the one because when we were looking at it, we both had gotten a sense that this was to be a house of peace and rest to whoever came into it. It was as if God had already set that in our minds before we even realized it ourselves.

    That’s when our journey began! We quickly found out from our financial guy that we could not afford the house to the tune that it was about fifty thousand to much. Well after that we didn’t think to much about it, until I was praying one Thursday night. While praying God spoke and said to me “Make a wooden stake, and drive it into the ground in front of the front door of the house.” Now before this I had never heard from God, or at least I don’t think I had! So I did do exactly what He had told me to do.

    It didn’t take to long before He told me to do something else. About a week later, on a Saturday morning while lying in my bed praying He told me to “Go into the wilderness.” I knew what He wanted me to do right away. He wanted me to fast. I had never done this before, and He didn’t mention for how long, but somehow I new He would be helping me through it. Also, I thought that when God speaks I should probably think about taking it seriously! So, like the wooden stake I listened, and started to fast that morning.

    After fasting for two and a half days He spoke again Monday afternoon. This time I was completely overwhelmed by the grace and love He was showing me. He said “You’ll need a box to display the stake for when it’s dug up.” Matthew 17:20. At that moment I knew His intention was that He is going to put us in that house. I got a shadow box that night. That’s a box with a door in the front that has a window in it to display anything inside.

    Well, my fast came to an end on Tuesday morning at about 4:30 am. Three and a half days after it started. The very next day He spoke again while I was at work. I was in one of my clients back yards mowing their lawn, and I completely fell apart at what He said. He said “you’ll need some mustard seed paint for the box (Matthew 17:20). Here I am in someone’s backyard, on my lawn mower crying my eyes out trying to catch my breath because of God’s overwhelming power and His strength. The whole time I’m thinking “I don’t deserve any of this, but He is Awesome!!

    There are several other things that God has done and said since it all started, and I can’t wait to see what He is going to do or say next. He has made the last six months the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. I don’t understand why He chose me and my family, but I don’t have to understand. He knows the how, when, where, and what. I just need to be willing to follow Him wherever He goes. Psalm 37:23.

  • Carter Mayberry, MD

    My wife and I celebrated 30 years of marriage yesterday! I find myself in the middle of striving to be a better husband, father and grandfather — and finding joy in those journeys!

  • Karen Watson

    This message is so timely! In March I started doing seminars for our health and wellness business. Since we were just starting out we decided signing up one person a month would be success for us. We exceeded that. By month 4 we had 6. Then in July we only had repeat attenders – no new sign-ups. This month I sent out over 500 e-mails to teachers for a back-to-school seminar. No responses. No attendees. I know that everyone that succeeds in network marketing has a lot of failures before they hit their stride. I know that I am in that zone right now – lots of learning ahead. Because of the work God has been doing in my life, I am surprisingly optimistic about this! Learning to love the in-between!

    Thanks for everything you do for us, Michael. You are one of the gifts from God that is helping me to grow through the ups, downs, and in-betweens.

  • Robert Smith

    I’m in between days

  • Dwayne Baptist

    I am smack dab in the middle of creating a program to help people work together to achieve personal success. So many people want to get ahead and either haven’t figured out how, or need support from others to do it. I find myself waiting on ideas that will illustrate the principles and reach people that want to succeed. I am learning to be patient, but not excuse procrastination with waiting.

  • Kantis Simmons

    I’m in the middle of creating an academic success course and completing some website projects for some clients.

  • Paul Gauche

    For the past 18 years I’ve worked closely with a colleague who has been in his current position for 40 years. He’s just announced his retirement and leaves our ‘company’ after a long, fruitful, creative and defining run. Having worked so closely with him, I know this means a shift in my own reality as I welcome new staff. I’m acutely aware of the ending of something remarkable. I’m smack-dab in the midst of (as William Bridges would say) the ‘Neutral Zone.’ I know there’s a ‘new beginning to come, but the real work starts right now.

  • Kathy Harmon

    I feel like I’ve spent most of my life waiting. I try to live by “Be Still And Know . . .” but I really have to work at keeping my “peace”.

  • Karl Lindsay

    Sounds like a great book! I’m currently in an intern position straight out of college. But it’s not quite where I’d like to be.. I’m learning a lot about my chosen field and developing skills which is great. I hope I can pursue my dreams next year after this internship.

  • http://www.healingbywriting.wordpress.com/ Sherrey Meyer

    Currently, I am smack dab in the middle of the first draft of my memoir. And I find myself impatiently waiting for the end to come, but it won’t come if I don’t write. That middle part is so hard to find, touch, feel right now. I’m working on learning patience as I face this middle part of my story, actually the hardest part of my story.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I’ll bet. The middle part is often the longest part of a story. But depending on what happens, it can also be the best part.

      • http://www.healingbywriting.wordpress.com/ Sherrey Meyer

        Thanks for that bit of encouragement, Jeff! How are things in my hometown (Nashville)? This can be a pretty miserable weather time for you all.

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          Actually really mild this month!

  • Life Strategy 101

    “Stuck” in how I sometimes view those in-between moments. As a kid, I lived for my summer birthday and Christmas. the 6 months that separated those two events would drag on for an eternity, it seemed. Fortunately, there’s been some maturing (or a lot of it) since I could call myself a kid, but on occasion, I catch myself wanting to hit that fast forward button on life.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I know that feeling. :)

  • http://www.alifewithsubtitles.com/ Sarah Quezada

    I’m in the middle of parenting infants/toddlers. We eagerly anticipated their arrival and often now can’t wait until they’re bigger. :) I’m learning patience (again every day) and creativity and how to play like a child.

  • Janelle Keith

    I am in the middle of writing a book, there are some days it’s daunting task, and others it is a joy. But still under the shroud of great responsibility. After it’s done, that’s when the real work begins? At least that is what I hear. Is it ever finished?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Nope. Which is why we must learn to love the journey. :)

  • Lea-Ann

    Yes, the in between. need to remember it is what gets us through the days. Would like to read Jeff’s book.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Lea-Ann. Hope you win a copy!

  • Jeff Pinkleton

    This is so true, and imagine what would happen if we didn’t focus on what is coming up and focused on the in-between, major fruit, benefits, time given back, I’m sure of it.
    Difference in effective and efficient

  • Stacey Schmidt

    As I posted on Twitter, this is the best thing I’ve read all week.

    “The best moments are the ones happening right now…Embrace the wait…appreciate the delays and postponements”

    Where do you find yourself smack dab in the middle of something? What are you learning?
    I’m in the middle of my career life. I’ve climbed the ladder and am looking out wondering what is next (I’m currently a pubic school superintendent). Wondering where my strengths and experiences lead from here. Wondering what meaning and value I can continue to add to the world. I’m using this time to be a sponge–reading, wondering, soaking in–and using this time to refine who I am and who I am going to be for the next phase of my career. What I have learned lately is that sometimes we miss the thing we were supposed to learn because we don’t stop and take a moment to digest it. We don’t dig into what it was we really just learned. We don’t share this learning with others so they can help us plan what we are to do next and then hold us accountable to do it. We are in such a big hurry to move on to the next big thing–true change doesn’t have time to take root. We are always in a rush to the next bigger and better thing–we miss out on the fact that, “the best moments are the ones happening right now.”

    Like I said–easily the best thing I’ve read all week! Thanks for the post.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Stacey!

  • Janelle Keith

    We so feel like we are waiting on God to answer our prayers, but I have to wonder how often He waits on us for our trust and obedience. And when I think of Him waiting on me that usually gives me the willingness to obey whatever He is asking at the time. Obedience brings trust, trust builds obedience, they work hand in hand. And God’s best in the wait and at the end of it, is always worthing waiting for. I am excited to win this book, anything from Jeff Goins is worth the wait too!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wow. Thanks, Janelle. Really appreciate it!

  • http://www.mikekim.tv/ Mike Kim

    Thanks for introducing me to Jeff Goins, Michael. Had it not been for Platform U, I never would have heard of him. I was really inspired by his journey.

    Congrats, Jeff!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Mike! Great to meet you, too. :)

  • Jeff Yaniga

    Each summer many leaders find themselves smack in between year end results from the previous year and the current year. The long game is often measured in annual results. As such, back to back years require intentional focus on two things:

    1) The fundamentals that got us here

    2) The innovation necessary to get us there.

    Thanks Michael for the oft thought provoking posts. They are at the top of my must read list.

  • http://www.nancyjcommunications.weebly.com/ Nancy J.

    In the middle of moving to another area to plant a church, but it is not time to move yet. It is difficult to live out everyday life and stay in close relationship with people here and at the same time preparing for a new area. There are days the tension is huge, and not only difficult for me, but difficult for others. I am learning I must be intentionally live in today, by being conscious of it as I begin each day. Not an easy task.

  • Zac Wendland

    Thanks for this Michael. The video itself was a nice in-between moment to contemplate.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Zac! Glad you liked it.

  • Preciouse

    I’m currently reading a book entitled “Ordering your private world” by Gordon Macdonald. The book greatly encouraged me to finally make a firm decision to seriously put to order my inner world, one step at a time (this is a self-development project). I’m now in the middle of finding myself on the verge of relapse (going back to my old ways or unproductive habits). It’s really hard but simply knowing the possibility of relapse helped me to somehow plan ahead and pushed me to keep on doing the right things until my new formed habits become cemented in my inner system. The experience is becoming exciting and refreshing to me and is teaching me what it really means to be a true steward and worker of Christ.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I LOVE Macdonald.

  • http://wheretigerswill.wordpress.com Will Laohoo

    This past January, I joined the national leadership team for the Christian fraternity I joined as a college student. As the main point person when it comes to finances in the organization, I’m trying to make the most of the resources available to me to improve our systems as well as bring in more revenue from various sources. I do find myself in the middle in many senses, as I’m on the one hand trying to get the hang of things organizationally, but at the same time trying to streamline workflow and make progress. I think this book will help me to not get so caught up in the future that I lose sight of the lessons I’m learning presently.

  • Cindy Seaver

    If it was left to us, we probably wouldn’t choose to live in between. In these moments, however, God has always taught me the most important lessons. Thank God for making us wait!

  • chontzy

    I’m in the middle of ramping up my consulting career after 15 years in the corporate world What makes me realize their is little time for waiting is being in the middle of raising two amazing kids.

  • T.Doci

    I’m In between two countries– having just moved back to the U.S. after serving 20 years in a small Eastern European country. So I’m in transition mode. I’m learning to give myself lots of grace in adapting back to the American culture (I’m from the U.S.) as well as viewing these next few months as an adventure, since many details (like housing) are up in the air. I desire to be flexible and be a learner as I re-engage in American culture and community.

  • Jesse Amanda Mook

    I have several things pending right now. It has seemed like the last 3 years have been waiting for something. I think taking the time to enjoy not being in the thick of it is good. I also think taking the time to reflect and pray to see if this is the direction I need to be going is a good way to spend that time.

  • David Traugott

    I am in the middle of a major life transition – out of pastoral ministry into the commercial sector. It is a move my wife and I have been praying about for a couple years. Currently, all our possessions are in storage in Florida, the sale of our house is pending and we (me, my wife, and 4 children) are in Arizona so I can be mentored by a successful business man (and close friend) through my career transition. Our whole lives are In-Between right now. :-)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That’s the same conclusion I reached, David. All of life is the in-between. Might as well learn to embrace it. :)

  • Dean

    I am in the middle of changing careers and learning in areas which will benefit myself and others.

  • Kimley D

    I am in the middle of starting a new book, but have had to put it on hold to put both my parents in a nursing facility. At the same time, I am working to build my leadership skills to move into another position at work. Juggling several things that are “stressful” certainly stretches the term “Multi-tasking”. However, I know that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and it will come together in good time.

  • Suzi McAlpine

    Thanks for the introduction to Goin’s fascinating new book. I find new projects, or “journeys” as I describe in one of my blog posts, tend to follow a certain pattern. After the initial excitement wanes, there is often a stillness or “dead calm” i.e. waiting, inaction and treading water. This can make us feel like we are stuck in a rut. The secret is to embrace the stillness, knowing ‘this too shall pass’. Cheers, Suzi.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Amen, Suzi. Thanks for sharing.

  • Joni

    My husband has been out of work for the past 6 months, so we are definitely in-between! Honestly, the waiting is miserable, and we are trying very hard to appreciate the good things even about this time. I’d love the book, though, to help gain even better perspective.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tonylimajr Tony Lima

    I’m currently in the middle of college as well as improving my writing. I really like what you said about creating your own perspective. “Mix ideas to create a unique perspective.” I think we take for granted our unique experiences and knowledge so much that we feel they are not worthy of being shared. Thanks for your encouragement.

  • NWalker

    I am a lifelong healthy, active person. My career path includes being a journeyman electricianin the 70′s (leading edge for women), general contractor and interior designer 80′s, consultant to business startups, entrepreneurs and artists for the next 15 years in which I wrote 4 books I used with my clients, and spoke to audiences large and small coast to coast. Then after being widowed I became a flight attendant on private jets where i am still employed. 2 years ago I was in an accident at work and my life has been doctors, surgeries, pt, govt agencies, denials, board hearings, insurance…. This is a limbo that is hard because I find it difficult to reconcile endless delays and procedures that don’t work as planned which bring on more tests and delays. My job is held for three years and i have 10 months and counting. This between is frustrating to say the least.