It happens to most of us at some point. The book (quilt/scrapbook/you-fill-in-the-blank) we were so excited about stalls. It doesn't happen gradually--it feels as if it does, but it doesn't. No, one day you're working on it, and the next...you're not.
You might love the project. You can imagine the end product. You know it will be wonderful.
You have no desire to work on it. You may even dread it.
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Why does this happen?
1. We hit a point in the project where we're uncertain what to do next.
2. We look at the unfinished project through disdainful eyes, only seeing the flaws, forgetting it's the finishing touches that bring it together.
3. The busy-ness of life crowds out the time we reserved to work on it.
4. We get discouraged.
5. We wonder if continuing the project is worth it, and we fail to continue working on it.
6. Someone else completes a similar project with huge success and we compare our project to theirs. Insecurity ensues.
7. It hits us how much work is left. We become overwhelmed.
8. We wait for the mood to strike, but that's like waiting until we "feel" like exercising--it never happens!
What can we do about it?
1. We can take ten minutes to jot down possible next steps.
2. We train ourselves to ignore the flaws and press forward.
3. Do not allow anything to crowd out our project time.
4. When discouraged, give ourselves a pep talk.
5. The project IS worth it. Finishing a project is its own reward.
6. Never compare!
7. Stop looking at the big picture and focus on what we can do today.
8. There is no muse. Commit. Persevere. Just. Do. It.
What project lurks unfinished in your life? What can you do to get it back on track?
Have a wonderful weekend!!