I could not make myself clean that one closet, mainly because there was just so much stuff in it and also because I knew there was a lot of the kid's stuff in there as well. (Spoiler Alert: Your kiddos will leave your house but they don't take all their stuff with them!)
Long story short, I had to bargain with myself to get started on this project of cleaning out all the spaces in our home, and I knew it had to begin in that one closet--I had to do the hard thing first!
So, I told myself (I talk to myself a lot, not always verbally, but sometimes verbally) you are just going to take 7 things out of that closet every day until you're done. So, that's exactly what I did. I started with 7 things. And the next day, 7 more things. The following day, 7 more things. It took me about a week of taking 7 things out every day (that's 49 things if I do my math right) and finally I had the motivation to complete the job in that one space. The rest of the house was a piece of cake!
Cleaning out rooms, closets, cabinets, and drawers all seems so very trivial when I know a lot of you, and many of my friends, had much more challenging hard things to do in 2020. However, even from this trivial task, I learned some valuable lessons.
4 Things I Learned From Doing The Hard Thing First:
There are many biblical characters we can draw from as good examples of having to do hard things. Immediate ones that come to my mind are:
Hard things come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. We are all called to do hard things from time to time. When you have a choice, do the hard thing first. It will make the other tasks much easier.
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Who comes to your mind first when you think of biblical characters who did hard things?
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