Welcome to A Week of Change.
This is a short series on encouraging you make those New Year resolutions a reality!
The intro and all parts to A Week of Change can be viewed HERE
Part 2 – A picture perfect room
Part 3 – try something new – this entry
Are you a staller?
I stall on projects where I don’t know how to do something. And it gets me in trouble. In no time I feel overwhelmed with all I have to learn and that’s when I generally walk away from the whole works.
Honestly? That’s so lame. If a new task doesn’t require great physical strength or massive amounts of money, there’s no reason not to try it!
Learning new things is also necessary as part of your growth. It will also keep you inspired and create building blocks that will ultimately lead you to new places.
New can be scary too. Welcome to an entrepreneur’s world. Nearly every day I try something new and that in itself offers fuel and motivation to a given project or goal.
I get asked LOTS how I get so much done or if I ever sleep. Honestly, I think for the most part the motivation comes from trying new things. Been there done that is rather like a rainy day in a dark room. I start yawning, my mind wanders and I dream about doing something new. Something new is like a windy day on the beach with 50 more beaches to discover! (can you tell I like the beach?)
So here’s what’s going to keep me inspired over the next little while…
What I’m learning
Oh gosh help me… I need to tackle this monster. I got a crash coarse on one task I wanted to learn but now see the need to know more for other things I have planned. This is a big one but ya gotta start somewhere.
I’ve never put up a baseboard in my life, but I have a unique plan I haven’t seen done before. So I picked up some chunky 1 x 4’s and we’ll see if my wild ways work out. More soon!
Pipe window treatments
I know! Cool! I’ve never worked with pipes before but I want these guys hanging up curtains in the studio. I just learned how to cut pipes to size by hand this week so a tute is coming on that soon! Exciting! (well, for me it is anyway)
I have lots and lots and lots of words I have to turn into a pretty book. I’ve never designed an ebook before. I’ve done jabs at other things, so I imagine this will be similar. Not sure yet! All I know is I’ll be learning my document program inside out. Another reason I need photoshop… I’d love to make my own designer elements in the book too. I don’t aspire for much do I? 🙂
This is only part of my list. As you can see, the more one accomplishes, the more they have to be willing to learn.
Your career goal
No doubt you’re stalling on that new career jump because you’ll have to do lots of things you’ve never done before. I totally get it. So I guess if you’re working on not redoing 2011, you need some new skills for 2012, right? Right!
Your Picture Perfect room goal
Playing the decorating game with us? Awesome! But I know. Same issue. Most rooms are generally left undone because there’s an element in there you don’t know how to do. YET.
Hey, if I can force myself to ‘sew a slipcover’ (ugh!!!!!!!!), you can do x. See, I either have to learn how to do this, or buy one that doesn’t fit right or looks… normal. Or just buy a new ($600ish) chair. But us DIYers don’t go that route do we? And who knows… if my sewing machine is out, I may be inspired to work on other overdue projects as well.
All I can really do here is encourage you to go out on a limb and try something new. Beg, ask, inquire, google for help. Buy the things you can’t make if you must, but why not try first? New skills will take you further than you are today, and lead to to do even more.
Plus building new skills makes most excellent blog material you can teach your followers, right? 🙂 I’ve always said, live life to the fullest and you’ll never run out of things to blog about.
What new thing will you need to learn soon with your 2012 goals? We’d love to hear!