This year, we started burning wood for the first time.
It’s a lovely heat.
It’s the type of heat that calls you to sit in front of it until you get a Delissio-esque heat rash across your face.
The only problem is…
It takes a little while to get going.
Not the fire itself, but the actual heat.
For example, to get my home up to a good ‘wood heat’ temperature might take a full day, or even more.
And that’s just getting it up to speed.
Anything beyond that and I’d probably feel like one of those sweaty boiler room workers on the Titanic constantly shoveling coal into the flames.
Anyway, the whole ordeal reminds me of something very important. Something everyone should remember when pursuing a goal of building a new skill.
And that something is this:
Whenever you start something new, you’re going to experience a period of ‘heating up.’ What this means is that, even though you’re putting in lots of effort (i.e., adding more wood to the fire), your progress might be slower than you want it to be.
But that doesn’t mean you’re not getting anywhere.
Think of your efforts as the wood you put in a fire. Then think of your goals as the heated home you’re striving for.
You might not get the temperature you want immediately. But the more wood you add to the fire — and the more consistently you do it — the more likely you are to get there.
So if you ever feel like you’re not making as much progress on your goals as you’d like to be, don’t worry about it.
Just keep adding more wood to your fire and soon enough you’ll have the nice, ‘heated home’ you’re looking for.
Happy burning 😉
And when you’re ready