Getting Started is Often the Hardest Part!

I have been going through a process of painting the inside of my house over the past year. It started last summer, and was way overdue. It is so hard to believe I have been in this house for 14 years! The time has gone by SOOO fast!!! I painted the entire inside of the house after I bought the house but before I moved in 14 years ago.

I had bought the paint 6 months before I actually started the project. I had wanted to start the project earlier, but couldn’t get my mind wrapped around all of the work it would take to get started. But I knew, it was finally time!

What is bringing this back up for me now is that I just this week embarked on the same process to complete the last room in the house. I had put it off for months, and last weekend I just knew it was time!

Although I couldn’t wrap my head around the entire project, on Saturday when I got up I knew I needed to take the first step. I needed to empty out the room. So I just started there and emptied the room.

Then on Sunday, I went out and bought the paint I needed (the list for which I had made weeks ago), and started with caulking the trim and primed and painted the ceiling. The ceiling painting is my least favorite part of the painting process, and I love that it needs to be done first so I get it out of the way early in the process! And one thing led to another and by the end of the day I had finished all but the trim around the windows and doors.

What I love about painting a room is that it immediately shifts the energy. It brightens and freshens the room up and it makes me feel GREAT!

I love that there are parts where you get to use a roller and apply large amounts of paint quickly, and there are more detailed parts of painting the trim and the woodwork, and the give and take where the paint needs to be more precisely applied where the woodwork meets the walls.

I love it when you first get all of the old paint covered by the new and you can start to get a sense of how the room will feel in its new color.

And I love putting the room back together with a new fresh set of eyes and with less stuff and less clutter.

I also love the feeling of taking all of the old stuff I’ve been storing to Goodwill so someone else can enjoy it and I no longer have to hang onto it.

Once I get into it and get past the initial resistance of getting started by clearing out the room, I really love the entire transformative process. And it has gotten me thinking this week about how many other aspects of life this applies to.

Today’s Tweetable: Getting started is often the hardest part, but once we commit there is little we can’t accomplish!

And the effort and hard work that we put into it are completely worth it!

Now I’d like to hear from you – what have you been longing to start doing that you have been putting off? What is the first step that you can take to get started and build from? What results are you likely to achieve as a result?

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