5 Strategies to Overcome A Lack Of Ambition In Completing Your DIY Projects
This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
Can’t seem to find the motivation to complete that DIY project you’ve had on your to do list for what seems like an eternity? Here are five steps to overcome that lack of ambition and get your DIY project finished, once and for all!
It can be overwhelming to think about how much DIYing is left to do. This can quickly lead to negative self talk and a lack of ambition to start what seems like an insurmountable task. It can be helpful to reframe your thought process and instead of looking at what’s left to do— focus on what’s already been done! What projects have you completed that you dreaded, but actually ended up being much easier than you thought they would? What project are you most proud of? Thinking about past successes can bring you excitement about future projects and restore your ambition!
Another issue that can cause us to lack ambition is feeling as though we aren’t prepared for the task at hand. If we are worried we’ll complete a task totally wrong— we are far less likely than want to do it! Pump yourself up by researching your DIY task before completing it. Watch YouTube videos, talk to employees at the home improvement store for tips, and read articles on the Family Health and Wellness home improvement blog!
Sometimes it isn’t the project itself that’s causing your lack of ambition, it’s something deeper. A lack of ambition can have complex causes, like an extreme fear of failure. Understanding what’s causing your lack of ambition starts by reading up on the issue! You can learn more about ambition, what underlying issues may be causing your lack of ambition, and schedule an online appointment to tackle the issue at its root on BetterHelp.
Once you’ve gotten in a better headspace and feel ready to tackle your DIY project— start small! Setting small goals can help you maintain your ambition and drive you to do more. For example, set your goal of the day as buying all the tools you need for the job laying them out. If that’s all you get to for the day, that’s fine. However, laying out the tools may also motivate you to take things a step further. You may think, “well, I’m already here so why don’t I just move on to step two!”
To avoid a panic of, “well what do I do now?” after taking your first DIY step, have a “to do” list before you start your project. This list shouldn’t be for multiple DIY projects but instead, it should just include the detailed steps for completing one project. On the list, write out each small step you plan to take to complete your DIY project. This will help you feel prepared and it’s also so satisfying ticking off each step as you get it completed!