My big dream wasn’t to live in a mansion. I just wanted a new kitchen.
About a year ago, I was at my girlfriend’s house, and she shared her plans to remodel the kitchen. They included taking down walls, custom cabinets, granite countertops, and new appliances.
I was in the middle of “Marie Kondoing” my entire house, one room at a time. I decluttered, reorganized, and painted each room, but a new kitchen would be significant. Over the years, the tracks wore out on the drawers. If you didn’t open them just right, they would jam. Cabinets were pulling away from the walls. Everything was outdated and worn. It seemed like a massive project, so I saved it for last.
Or was I avoiding it?
Isn’t avoidance the way we often handle overwhelm?
Maybe those few pounds you put on are now a big problem. Even though the extra weight is affecting your overall health, you put off the diet.
We let marital problems slide because we are too busy raising children, building careers, and attending to life’s details.
We even avoid taking a vacation because that would mean we’d have to plan and save in advance.
A big project can be so daunting that we get stuck on getting started.
But here’s what I’ve found.
Do something. Take one step in the direction you’re heading. Even one step creates momentum.
I put off the kitchen remodel mainly because of the unknown. I mean, that’s not a project someone is familiar with unless you’re a contractor. And isn’t it super expensive? But tons of other people were remodeling their kitchens, so I started investigating. I went online and looked at cabinets and countertops. I filled out a form with Home Depot and requested a quote. Someone came to my house to measure while I explained my ideal design. When I opened the emailed quote, my fluttered at the cost—but just getting that quote created momentum.
After seven months of crunching numbers, creating a design, choosing cabinets, countertops, and appliances, scheduling carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and painters, my project is complete!
Looking back, it was a lot of work. But I stayed focused and tackled one task at a time.
Whether it’s a mansion, a kitchen, a health transformation, or just about anything at all, the map to get there is the same.