It's the 15th so it's time to check in on our Big Dream projects!
Last month 6 people either linked up or commented about their own Big Dream projects and I’m thrilled about that! I’m so happy that others are realizing their dream projects.
I was thinking about the concept of Big Dream projects the other day when I was working on my wall. What is it that makes a particular project a “Big Dream” project? I finally landed on “fear”.
Fear of failure.
What if the project doesn’t work out? This, in my opinion, is the biggest stumbling block to starting a big project. I think the best way to get over that fear is to first plan for it. When I was a professional project manager the most important part of my job was planning for failures. A project running on schedule is easy but that never happens. As long as I planned for what would go wrong I was able to address the issues more quickly and confidently.
So what if it your project doesn’t work out? What will you do? What’s the worst case scenario?
If it’s a quilt you give yourself permission to throw out the fabric if you end up unable to finish it or hating it. Or you turn it into a table topper instead of a queen size quilt. But the very worst case is that you throw out the fabric and lose that money.
What if it’s a book or pattern development? What’s the worst case? The book isn’t accepted by a publisher or the pattern doesn’t sell. Worst case? You learned something! You honed skills. Now it’s time to figure out what went wrong so you can improve the next time. Is it the subject, or the design or is it marketing? Worst case is that you lost some time. That’s it! It’s not even totally lost because know you know that you can write that book or design patterns and the next one will be easier and faster.
What if it’s a remodeling job or something permanent like my wall? Well, I though about that a lot. What if I decided I didn’t like it after I got started? From the beginning I decided that I could stop at any time and finish off what I did. Three clamshells on that wall would look better than the cracked cinder block wall. Maybe the answer to your project is that you will hire someone to finish it if you can’t.
Figure out your fear and tackle that first then you will be able to jump in and get started!
I’m well beyond fear on my wall. In fact, my biggest fear now is that I will not stop when this wall is done!
This month is a big milestone for my wall. It’s officially half done! I got the center section grouted last month.
This is the next section. The first person who can guess what this is gets a nice pile of scrap hand dyed fabrics.
I hope you are working on your Big Dream project or at least planning it. Link up below or add a comment about your own project.