“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

This is Post number 75!

This time last year when I started, I set myself the goal of 52 posts in one year, ie one a week. Yay for over-achieving :-)

Months ago I read John Maxwell’s blog “Stop Thinking “Can I?” and Start Thinking “HOW Can I?”

Quoting John: “…at first glance, the questions Can I? and How Can I? may appear to be very similar.  However, the reality is that they are worlds apart in terms of results.  Can I? is a question filled with hesitation and doubt.  It is a question that imposes limitations.  If that is the question you regularly ask yourself, you’re undermining your efforts before you even begin… When you ask yourself “How can I?” you give yourself a fighting chance to achieve something.  The most common reason people don’t overcome the odds is that they don’t challenge them enough.  They don’t test their limits.  They don’t push their capacity.  How can I? assumes there is a way. You just need to find it.”

John also quotes from a book by Price Pritchett: “Your scepticism, which you presume is based on rational thinking and an objective assessment of factual data about yourself, is rooted in mental junk.  Your doubts are not the product of accurate thinking, but habitual thinking. Years ago you accepted flawed conclusions as correct, began to live your life as if those warped ideas about your potential were true, and ceased the bold experiment in living that brought you many breakthrough behaviours as a child.  Now it’s time for you to find that faith you had in yourself before.”

Have you noticed? My design knowledge and style has evolved and developed over the past year. The mere existence of this blog has been a catalyst driving me to actively read and learn more.  Of course all I’ve really learnt is how little I know :-)

So, how can I learn more? By continuing to expose myself to the best interior design that exists, and understand how others have solved the myriad of design challenges.  And perhaps more importantly, learn by doing. Anything else is just some form of voyeurism.


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