When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?
I’m terrible about letting aspirations fall by the wayside, so I have become rather reticent about announcing them (to anyone, let alone the world). Announcing them puts pressure on me to realize them and raises the prospect of public failure if I don’t, while remaining silent lets me off the hook. Just writing that makes me realize what a negative, unproductive attitude it is, regardless of any face-saving it might seem to offer. I guess my next step, therefore, is to try to understand other chain reactions the act of telling others about my aspirations could set in motion. I’m sure there are many more positive-thinking, go-get-it type people out there who see this act as something that brings them closer to achieving their goal, a kind of contract with themselves, with friends or family, or even with society at large.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to exchange my millstones for milestones.