When high school students are in their last year, most of them suffer something called “senioritis.” They feel that they have already worked hard and that they do not need to do any more homework or learn anything else. Senior students are not the only ones who go through those lazy moments, but also athletes, artists, people going on a diet and whoever is taking a challenge. All of us have experienced senioritis at least once, and we will probably experience it again. But we should be careful; it can make us lose everything we have worked for!
Steven Pressfield, explains in his book The War of Art that “The danger is greater when the finish line is in sight. At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it. It hits the panic button. It marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it’s got.”
When we are so close to arriving at the pinnacle of our journey, we think of all the difficulties we have gone through and start idealizing how we are going to enjoy the prize we will receive. This can make us lose our focus, slow down the work rhythm, and at that moment we fail. There have been hundreds of times in which professional cyclists are about to win the race and start celebrating, but suddenly, in two seconds, a competitor appears and crosses the line before them.
If we want to overcome senioritis, we need to keep working with enthusiasm and even harder at the end. We need to remember that only after winning and exceeding our challenges is when we can receive our reward and enjoy the benefits of our hard work.