When I was a young’un I used to listen to motivational speakers whenever I got the chance. One of my favorites was Zig Ziglar. Thinking back, I wonder why I don’t listen to that as much now. It was very helpful!
One of the many bits of advice I took from those, uh…tapes, was that it’s almost impossible to make a good decision when you have a bad attitude. The suggestion was that we make better decisions when we have a positive outlook on the future. I’ve learned that this involves much more than attitude. It can relate also to energy level, finances, and myriad other factors.
But the point remains that we don’t make the greatest decisions if we’re suffering from “stinkin’ thinkin'”. It’s true.
As a remodeling contractor I saw examples of this many times in the decisions my clients made. They would get downright tired of the process. They would reach points where they would give just about anything to just avoid having work going on for one more day! I’ve seen my share of meltdowns!
I see the same thing in life unrelated to remodeling. I was working on a project today that required doing the same thing, over and over and over again. The successful outcome of what I was doing depended on me doing the job right every time, yet I was tempted to cut corners. I just wanted to finish!
But if I had cut corners, would I have finished faster? Of course not, in fact I would have made my job much harder because I would have to fix my mistakes later.
The same thing applies to your remodeling projects around the house. You may reach a point where you know that what you want is that awesome new wallpaper you saw (wallpaper is on the way back) but it is just so much faster to simply paint the wall. Don’t give-in to that temptation!
Plan the work you want to do ahead of time and stick to it! If you have to break it up into multiple smaller projects, so be it. But don’t compromise on your plan. The goals you’re trying to accomplish by remodeling in the first place won’t be fully met if you cut corners!
Just take a breath, maybe take a walk, or even take a vacation… but stick to that plan!