If you’ve ever bought Ikea furniture, you know the process of assembly is right up there with a visit to the dentist’s office or standing in line at the DMV. Not a pleasant experience for most and a fact that escaped my mind temporarily.

But, while I was attempting to piece together my filing cabinet, a few things dawned on me–

1. When life overwhelms you, take it one step at a time.
Upon opening the box filled with countless pieces of faux wood and hardware, I immediately got overwhelmed. And almost called it quits before I began.

But knowing I’d spend more in gas to return the darn thing than it was worth, I decided to focus on just one step at a time. And with that, I made it through to the end.

Every journey begins with one step. So instead of getting overwhelmed by the mountain of work ahead, just focus on one thing at a time.

2. Patience is essential to maintaining your sanity.
Cultivating patience? Yeah.. easier said than done, I know. But I think it’s especially important to remind ourselves of this in today’s fast-paced society. We’re so used to instant gratification that we tend to get frustrated when we have to wait for anything.

Life is short! We want it right here, right now. But it’s usually the things we desire the most that take the longest to develop.

So whether we’re building a career, searching for our perfect mate, or merely constructing a silly cabinet, let’s remember– anything worthwhile takes time.

3. If you have to force it, it’s probably not the right fit.
Sometimes we push things because we’re determined to make it work instead of noticing that perhaps we’re trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

In the case of my cabinet, I made that mistake more than once, delaying the completion of my project. And that’s the key: The longer we remain in situations that aren’t the right fit, the longer we delay the relationship or job that IS the right fit for us. So it’s important to pay attention to how things are flowing.

When things are flowing in our lives, there’s a sense of ease. If we keep encountering situations that upset us, it’s a good idea to take a step back and examine why. Perhaps it’s our approach but perhaps, it’s just not the right fit.

4. Perseverance pays off.
If we’re willing to do the work, we are guaranteed a reward. In this case, a nifty little cabinet that’ll serve as a portable office.

Gotta love Ikea. 🙂

So never lose sight of the end goal and if it’s truly something you deeply desire, never give up.

Who knew so much could be learned from 10 pounds of particle board! But as I’ve found in life, a lesson can be found in everything.

So now it’s your turn! Ever learned a lesson in an unlikely situation? What’s your experience been with Ikea furniture, dare I ask? 😉