Mo­ti­va­tional Move­ment

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I by no means want to sell off my Jeep projects, but I am los­ing mo­ti­va­tion. What would you rec­om­mend that I do to get my­self psyched and started again?

David W.J. New­man Via face­book.com/JohnCap­pa4x4

It’s very easy to lose mo­ti­va­tion to work on a Jeep pro­ject, es­pe­cially if you have more than one un­der the knife at the same time. Dif­fer­ent peo­ple have dif­fer­ent tol­er­ances for what con­sti­tutes a pro­ject and how many are ac­cept­able. Per­son­ally, I’m prob­a­bly the worst per­son to ask. I don’t usu­ally feel the need take on mul­ti­ple pro­ject ve­hi­cles at once. I quickly feel over­whelmed. There are usu­ally only so many re­sources avail­able and a lim­ited amount of time to ded­i­cate to Jeep projects. If you take on too many, you’ll likely never fin­ish any of them. So my ad­vice is to stick with one pro­ject at a time. Pick the one that is most im­por­tant to you or the one you are the most ex­cited about. Shelve the rest of them to the back forty so they will not be a dis­trac­tion. Put all of your ef­forts into the one pro­ject un­til it’s com­plete.

Now, if you sim­ply look at your pro­ject and you can’t see a light at the end of the tun­nel, don’t look at it as one huge pro­ject—break it down into many small projects. Some peo­ple do this by cre­at­ing a list of things that need to be done on the pro­ject. Once the task is com­pleted, you can cross it off the list. As you progress, the num­ber of tasks that have been com­pleted and crossed off will in­crease, which of­fers some en­cour­age­ment to keep go­ing.

I’m the least mo­ti­vated when it comes to wiring and plumb­ing. These two parts of a build re­ally slow me down. Some­times

I’ll pro­cras­ti­nate for weeks to avoid them. It’s not that I can’t do them, quite hon­estly, I ac­tu­ally en­joy work­ing on wiring and plumb­ing once I’m in it. I’ve found that the best way for me to tackle the wiring and plumb­ing is to work on lit­tle bits at a time. For ex­am­ple, maybe I’ll only work on it an hour or so and knock out the brake lines on an axle, wire and route long pig­tails on the fuel pump, or lo­cate and drill holes in the dash for elec­tri­cal switches. Any progress, no mat­ter how small, is progress in the right di­rec­tion. Once I get go­ing, I’ll of­ten be more mo­ti­vated to work on it longer than an hour. When I poke along like this I’m usu­ally sur­prised when I re­al­ize the Jeep is no longer a pro­ject and it’s ready to be driven.

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