My partner and I are in the midst of renovating our house once again. This time it’s the bathroom. We live in an older home built in the 1940s so it is always surprising what we find when we start tearing things down. If you have ever experienced a renovation, you will identify with me when I say it is a testing time. The noise, the mess, the disruptions, and the work all play an enormous role in completing the job. It never takes the time you allot for it. It always takes longer! However, once the renovation is complete, you are left with a beautiful new part of your home. The once falling-apart vanity is replaced with something new and in good working order. The old and faded walls are replaced with new sturdy drywall complete with a fresh new coat of paint. Though it might have been a gruelling process, once it is finished, it is hard to imagine the room or the house any other way. The end result gives us the space for gratitude.
I couldn’t help but think about how I, too, have been under renovation. I, too, was an old house needing a bit of work. The last 12 months have been filled with purposeful reading, personal development and business conferences, and understanding and implementing a new mindset and set of goals for my life. If I were a house under renovation, I would not be complete. There is still much work to be done. And, yes, it is gruelling, time-consuming and frustrating at times. But then isn’t that the case with anything that is worthwhile? I believe we all need to do a little renovating on ourselves from time to time. Whether it is simply some work on the exterior, or a complete overhaul of the interior to realign ourselves with our higher purpose, it must be done.
You certainly wouldn’t stand to live in a house with bad plumbing, siding falling off, walls in need of painting or floors in need of new tiles. So why do we allow ourselves to reside within bodies and souls that are in need of work? I suggest you start just as you would with the renovation of your house….with the end in mind. Visualize what you would like to create and take the steps to achieve it. The alternative…is to continue living in your dilapidated house.