The cabinet door on the right side under the kitchen sink hasn’t closed since we moved in here and it’s super annoying. Every time I get some dish washing detergent I’ve tried to force that door to shut and every time, it refuses to submit. I’m not a fan of that kind of defiance, especially from inanimate objects. Today while I was cleaning the kitchen I set my mind to figuring out a way to rig it up so it wasn’t quite so bothersome. I tried to tether it to the other door but finding a way to do that without it looking tacky proved problematic. It didn’t take long to figure out that my solution was worse than the problem. On a whim, I plopped down on a step stool and looked at the hinges. It turns out that all I needed to do was bend one little wire doohicky about a quarter of an inch up and the door closed exactly the way it’s supposed to. Not going to lie, I felt like a genius for about 90 seconds and then I realized how long it took me to slow down and look at what was really going on. The more I thought about it, the more I realized there are lots of wonky cabinet doors in my life that frustrate me but that I’m not dealing with head on.
I was talking to a friend about a particular challenge she’s struggled with and she assured me that she’s working on it. I asked her what “working on it” looked like and she said she was thinking about it. Then she giggled and said, “Well actually, I’m planning on thinking about it.” That’s where I spend a lot of my time–planning on thinking about it and being annoyed that things don’t look, feel or work the way they could if only…
For example, I want to be healthier and I’m planning on thinking about getting rid of the cookies and crackers that have crept back into my daily diet. I want to be more productive and professional so I’m planning on thinking about creating a daily schedule and game plan to work consistently and effectively with the time and resources I have available. I want to increase sales so I’m planning on thinking about researching and implementing a more effective strategy.
Thus far, planning on thinking about it isn’t working for me and since these challenges aren’t as simple as “bend the wire doohicky”, I’m going to need a more strategic appoach. It’s time for action and these are some of the actions I’m going to take (borrowed from Richard Branson):
- Write down my goal.
- Create a deadline.
- Work on my mindset.
- Develop my skillset.
- Take the first step.
- Continue to completion.
- Reward myself.
I’m going to start doing better today–I’d love it if you’d join me! Leave a comment if you’ve got a change you’re ready to make and a goal you’re ready to set. I’m huge fan of “accountabilibuddies” and I’d love to have you on my team.