I’ve decided that goal setting is like home renovation.
Not sure if I have mentioned that I have just finished some home renovation turning an old kitchen into a new office for me. In theory it was a simple job, moving a door and removing the old kitchen cupboards and stove. I won’t go into all the details here about how that turned into demolishing and moving walls and having to reconstruct others. For this post we’ll just concentrate on the little job of swapping stoves.
Our goal was to swap the stove from the old kitchen with the one from the new kitchen, pretty simple and well defined, you just disconnect the stoves, swap them connect them up and away you go. This is the way your goals should start, with a clear end point, be achievable and so on.
It started well with the old stove moved out to the verandah so He could give it a good clean. Meanwhile I went to investigate moving the one in the kitchen. I pulled the stove out as far as the cable would allow. I swear stoves must be connected by pygmy electricians or at least apprentices. The number I have come across that don’t give you enough cable length to get in comfortably to clean.
It is at this point I look at where the cable goes through the wall and see a mouse. On closer inspection I see that it is just the back end of a mouse and it falls to the floor as I move the cable. You never know what you are going to face on your journey to your goals. I squeeze down behind the stove, together with the mouse. While I am there I take a look at the cable and as I twist it I can see a slight glint where it went through the wall. The dear little mouse had obviously tried a diet of cable so instead of just bits of dead, decaying mouse on the cable it is bits of BBQ’ed mouse – how delightful. What it means is that the cable needs to replaced. My five minute goal is turning into a nightmare.
Some time later we have the cable issue sorted, the stoves swapped, the new one is just connected and all that remains is for me to push the newly installed stove back into place. It is at this point that I discover an interesting fact – not all stoves are the same width! Yes, you guessed it the new stove is wider that the old one. I ask Him, ‘did you measure the stoves?’. Pretty dumb question really as he obviously hadn’t and neither had I. Oops.
It was at this point that it was time to reassess our goal. Why were we doing this, well the other stove had an oven door that wasn’t opening fully plus the stove we were replacing it with has a glass top type arrangement so it is easier to clean. So I look at the door to the oven to see if I can fix it. After pulling it off and playing with it I don’t have much success so we measure the glass topped stove and the gap. It will fit between the cupboards on either side, it is just the bench top that overhangs and would need to be cut back. Do I want to cut the bench to achieve our goal?
This is like any goal you set, it can seem clear at the start, however the journey can throw up all sorts of surprises and challenges along the way. As we did with our goal, you may need to reassess your goal, check in and still see if it is something you want or need to achieve. As we journey towards a goal we may find that other opportunities or direction come up that can take us down different paths. If this is the case then there is no point in struggling to achieve a goal that will no longer mean anything to you.
So back to the stove, after evaluating our goal we decided it was worth cutting the bench so I grabbed the saws and away I went. After getting sawdust everywhere the moment of truth arrived, it was time to put the stove in position – again. Yes it fitted! Success at last.