A goal…

As I’ve gotten to know myself a little better over this past year, I’ve realized that one of my major flaws is that I’m not very good at outlining steps to completion. I’m good at thinking up things to do, learn, or improve on but I’m NEVER realistic about how long they’ll take. This is usually because I don’t think through everything that needs to be done in order to accomplish them. This in turn leads to frustration and I end up feeling like I’ve fallen short.

Case in point: I bought some cute material to make things for our baby’s room. Yesterday I wanted to get something done…a crib bumper, a curtain, the dustruffle, a quilt block, etc. I got out the material (approximately 12 yards total) and realized that I hadn’t washed it yet. So I put it in the washer thinking I could probably still at least get something cut out. It ended up that I got it washed, dried and ironed yesterday among all the other things I did. Now in my previous mindset, yesterday would have been something of a failure because I didn’t get anything “done.” But instead I decided to be glad about being one step closer.

This year I’m going make an effort to appreciate, think through and work at finding satisfaction in preparation and process. I’m going to accept my weaknesses so that I can set realistic expectations for myself. I think this will help me to see small ways that I can overcome them because I won’t be focused on feeling as guilty about them :). If you’ve got ideas on how to do this, please pass them along.


8 thoughts on “A goal…

  1. Good for you. I am very much like you in this way, and am trying to learn that the process of completion is just as important and satisfying as the completion itself.

  2. Good one! Great advice, I’ll try and work on that too! Lisa was telling me about your conversation yesterday while we were working on my new cushion covers. It pays to be realistic and find joy in the journey!

  3. Thats an excellent persepctive! And I for one cannot wait to see the fabric you are using and what the baby’s room will look like!

  4. We all expect more of ourselves than is realistic. Each day we feel than we can do much more than we are capable of doing. Your Great Grandmother Ellen had a saying that I think of often–“By the inch it is a cinch-By the yard it is hard” You are amazing with all that you do. Like Alli said–Enjoy the journey and savor each moment. Time passes by too quickly–believe me!!

  5. Linds-This is Dear Old Dad- Unfortunately for you- you get this trait of starting things without the complete plan in mind from your father. If you think about it, you have watched me do this for most of your life. For me, the process is the fun part and the satisfaction you get when you are done is just icing on the cake. As long as you are committed to finish what you start(no matter how long it takes), and you get over the hurdles on the way, this method of operation is actually fun(not many dull moments).DOD

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