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To Build or Not To Build...

That is the Question!

As many of you know, I am a woodworker; not by profession, but by love of the craft – it’s my hobby.  It is something I enjoy immensely, but I never seem to have enough time to do as much as I would like to do.  This is a problem for me and my bride whose honey-do list continues to grow longer every year.

I lie to myself all the time and I don’t seem to get tired of the self-deception.  I am always making myself some fantasy promise like “this Christmas I’m going to take some time off and play around in my shop”.  Then February rolls around and I remember my broken promise to myself and I kick myself (metaphorically) and make a new promise for the next holiday or long weekend.

Over the years I’ve met a lot of people like me.  Maybe it’s just human nature to have these good intentions and continually find excuses to avoid them or postpone action with some face-saving self-talk.  It is just so dang easy to procrastinate and justify to ourselves that something else is more important than fulfilling our dream.

I’ve met a lot of people who have fallen for this ruse while planning their log home project.  “Next year we’re going to break ground” or maybe “as soon as I retire we’re building that log home”.  Next year comes, and the next year and retirement happens and they’re no closer to achieving that log home dream than they were – many years ago. Like me and my woodworking projects, it just doesn’t seem to happen.

Obviously, building a log home is significantly more time consuming and expensive than planning a weekend woodshop escape, but the delaying tactics we use on ourselves are no different.  We put it off because (fill in the blank)…

  • I don’t have time right now
  • My finances aren’t in order
  • I need to retire first
  • Sell my house first
  • Don’t have my plans nailed down
  • Yada, yada, yada

If this kind of inaction has been keeping you from making the leap and committing to a log home, you’re not alone, but it is time to reprioritize and move forward.  Think about it… nothing is substantially different today than it was last year – or the year before that.  We all have the same worries, fears of the future and every other conceivable excuse we tell ourselves to justify our well-founded procrastination.

The one thing that has changed is within the log home industry itself. It has been many years since you could build a log home as inexpensively as you can today. Manufacturers are hungry and making deals that were unimaginable a few short years ago and you can find builders who can start your project next week.  Add to this our artificially low mortgage rates and you’re talking about a perfect storm that has developed around your log home plans.

Okay, you’ve procrastinated but the universe has been conspiring to place everything you need in front of you and has removed all obstacles except the very last one…your commitment to yourself.  It’s time.

Oh and BTW, I’m heading over to the shop.

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