This insight came to me following the aftermath of a house extension that we’ve recently had that didn’t go exactly to plan.
As a result of said extension, we’ve been left with a slowly decreasing list of internal and external jobs that need finishing off around the house. We’ve made some headway in to working through the list as well as organising our priorities of what’s left to complete.
Despite such progress, I still have moments when I think we’re never going to see the end of the work that needs to be done. Perspective can be lost at times, which is probably not surprising given the incredibly slow progress of the bulk of the building work we endured.
Having said that, I did have a bit of an epiphany moment last week whilst painting the new dining area. Prior to starting, I did think about just how long all of this painting will take me as I’d need to fit it in around work and our busy family lives. However, during the actual doing of the task, feelings of progress and achievement started to surface.
Perspective starred to emerge as I began to think, “as long as I’m actually doing something towards getting the jobs done, then I’m doing my best”. This gave rise to a sense of contentment, satisfaction and feelings of cutting myself some slack.
In addition to this, I realised the following ;
- Awareness, Planning and Goal Setting is important, but they’re not the be all and end all.
- ACTION IS KING
- Taking steps (even small) in the act of doing has so many amazing effects:
- Action turns the volume way down on thoughts and feelings of being overwhelmed, behind schedule, lacking time and resources
- Action is the giver of perspective, patience and contentment
Most importantly for me though is that I’ve come to a personal understanding that;
ACTION DISSOLVES FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS OF SLOW PROGRESS AND WILL PROPEL ME TO TAKE FURTHER ACTION IN THE FUTURE.