“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” —Nelson Mandela
A few weeks ago I took an all-day workshop on making shoes. That’s right, I made a pair of sandals from scratch! I thought it might be fun, and I wanted to make sandals that fit my feet beautifully.
The thing is, I had no idea what I was getting into.
I’m not the craftiest person and I’d never done anything like this before. It occurred to me at the end of the day, that making shoes encapsulated all the elements of starting and completing a brand new project of any kind.
Throughout the day, I experienced discomfort in not knowing exactly what I was doing, frustration at not understanding every step as our teacher explained, and inadequacy when others seemed to grasp the process immediately. There were also parts that were fun, yet I experienced all these different feelings.
Fortunately in the end, I came away with a very cute pair of sandals.
The truth is that my skills are stronger in the business arena than in the making shoes arena. But I learned how to do it. This got me thinking about the projects we take on in our business and in life. So today’s post is about 5 strategies to move you through any project — including making shoes — with ease and with grace.