Updated: Oct 12
Starting a renovation project is exciting! You get to pick out all the new things that you want to replace or add to the room or property you are working on. From paint colors to flooring, you get to shop for the perfect combination that matches your vision for the space.
When you get started, you immediately get a rush as you see the old and outdated things get removed and "demo day" begins.
Then, you move on to the restoring part where you add new sheetrock, reconfigure spaces, and repair any electrical or plumbing issues you may have. As the project is moving along, you can see things starting to take shape, with measurable progress.
It's at this point that many people pause or get stuck in the renovation process. The place no longer looks like it once did, but there are several things that still need to be done before the project is complete. Some people take this time to "stop and smell the roses". You are happy that you had the courage to start the process and you have something to show for it.
But on the other hand, this project has been a big responsibility that has taken a lot your of time, money, and energy. A little break from the construction debris, dirt, and loud banging of contractors working doesn't sound like a bad idea right now.
So you pause. "Just a few days" turns into a week. A week turns into a whole month. The next thing you know, you are wondering why you even started this project in the first place!
This is exactly what we do in our lives. We start a business but then don't follow through to market and advertise it. We write a song, but don't call a producer to add the music. Or, we start writing a book. Only to name the chapters, write three of them, and then come down with a self-imposed case of "writer's block".
The truth is, many of us have "unfinished projects" that have yet to be completed. But the completion of those projects for some, have the potential to change life as we know it. Dreams becoming a reality, goals getting accomplished, and purpose of life are in the graveyards of "unfinished projects".
"My homey Strict told me, "Dude, finish your breakfast." That's a line from a Jay Z song called Public Service Announcement. To not "finish your breakfast" means to have unfinished projects in your life. It means to not have finished what you started.
Imagine your "unfinished project" being a solution to someone's biggest problem. The song you wrote's lyrics stopping someone from committing suicide. The book you started helping someone recover from depression. The business you started changing the wealth in your family for generations to come.
Today, I encourage us all to complete the projects we started. In the words of Jay Z, "finish your breakfast"!