I’ve been in a bit of a funk, lately. I’ve gotten so bogged down in my ideas and plans, that I’ve forgotten how to get things done.
Here’s the thing about plans---the best laid plans will get you nowhere. Anyone can make plans. Anyone can draw a map showing they way they plan to travel. But, unless they actually follow through, they’ll never get anywhere.
It’s the follow-through that ultimately counts.
I am very, VERY bad about following through---I tend to never get started in the first place (because I’m too busy perfecting my plans).
Or I leave things unfinished, often very nearly finished, just not quite there yet.
I look around my house, now, and evidence of this tendency smirks back at me from everywhere.
There’s that pair of Mary’s too-short-jeans that I cut off, ripped a seam out of, and pinned to convert into a skirt. I just need to dig through my fabric stash to find a coordinating fabric for the bottom and stitch it up. It could be done in an hour. And there it sits. On my kitchen island.
It has been there at least a week.
There’s that box of film negatives from our wedding day. Would you believe that we will have been married for 15 years next month…and I still don’t have a wedding album?
There’s the sock I knitted for Emma when she was a baby…but never knitted the second one. Methinks her feet are too big for them, now.
There’s the file folder of recipes saved, but never tried.
There’s composer study series I plan to write on composers you’ll never see a study for elsewhere. Oh, yes, I know just what it will look like, but will we ever see it?
There’s the math worksheets I designed, but found a flaw in. I have yet to go back and fix this simple flaw and then upload them to share here---how long would that take? Maybe a half hour? Been sitting there for a month, folks.
There’s the long list of other things I want to write about that spend plenty of time percolating in my brain, but never get actually written.
I think maybe we all have a few projects like this sitting around, cluttering our minds, and pulling at our consciences. Am I right?
I know that for me, personally, some of this stems from my temperament, and some from my wacky brain.
I simply have a short attention span. I’m wired that way.
I can be passionately devoted to a project one minute and then lose interest in it the next, especially if there’s something else demanding my attention.
Which happens a lot when you are mothering and educating four kids.
Some might say this is a character flaw, and there is a character aspect to this. But mostly, I simply forget. That’s why the jeans are on the counter….to REMIND ME! To keep them on my radar.
But, let’s be honest, if I felt as passionately about the project as I did when I started it, it would be done---this is where the character thing comes in.
I get bogged down in the logistics and lose my drive.
I don’t want to do that anymore.
I don’t want to have projects stacked here, there, and everywhere that I may or may not get to.
I want to finish what I start.
Because I am capable of great things. And so are you.
So I had an idea. And I’ve learned from experience that when I have a good idea I need to run with it right away…or it never gets off the ground. Too much thinking about it will simply kill it.
I am changing my life TODAY, and I’d like to invite you to join me.
I will be making a list of those projects that are tugging at my conscience, praying over it, and deciding which projects I will pursue and which ones I’m going to let go of.
I think the baby socks might be one to let go of.
And then I’m going to start tackling those projects, because anything I’m not willing to actually tackle shouldn’t be cluttering my consciousness or my home!
The tricky part is that I will need a plan of attack…and planning can very easily become an unfulfilled dream.
This is where you come in. Accountability!
I’d like to start a group of people who want to change and become DO-ers!
And who would be willing to share encouragement with each other.
Here’s how you can join me:
I’m going to create a weekly linky where everyone can share the goals or projects that they tackled that week.
It can be a short project that you were able to finish, or a longer, ongoing project that you are making steady progress on, or whatever! The point is to do things that you wish to accomplish, things outside of what must be done each day.
Seeing what you are doing, really doing, will encourage others.
I would also like to start a private FB group so we can offer each other direct encouragement and inspiration AND so we can open this up so you don’t have to be a blogger to participate.
Let’s see if we can form a new, good, DO-ing habit before the New Year rolls around.
Are you with me? Leave me a comment!
I’m going to be weird and go against the flow…this is going to be a Saturday linky so it doesn’t get lost in all the busy-ness of the week.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be included in a private FB group. I’m open to name suggestions for that group, btw!
Here’s your first assignment:
This week, take stock of what you wish to accomplish.
What are your goals, your dreams?
Are there any projects you’ve left hanging that just require a little follow-through to finish up?
What would you like to be doing and why aren’t you doing it? Is it lack of time, motivation, know-how, or something else?
If you need some help getting started, I recently read Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews. It’s a good book, and may help you to see what’s important you and help you to organize your time to accomplish it. (Note: I’m not pushing this book, I just found it helpful.)
Write a blog post sometime this week talking about what goals you want to accomplish, your plans for achieving them, and the obstacles you need to overcome.
Come back here next Saturday, December 8, 2012, and link up. I should have the FB group set up by then as well.