"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
It is easy to spend our time thinking about what could be and hoping for something to change that will improve our life. While it is nice to dream, and important to have aspirations and goals, you are unlikely to make your dreams a reality without proactively doing something about it.
A little bit of planning goes a long way.
If you have a goal in mind, think about what needs to happen for you to achieve that goal. What steps can you take to inch closer? A series of small, little steps feels less intimidating and may help prevent you from procrastinating. Establishing deadlines for each achievement will urge you to move forward.
Celebrating each accomplishment, no matter how small, is an important part of the process.
If your goal is to become a slalom waterskier, you need to acknowledge the process: getting up on two skis, crossing the wake, and every other step along the way.
The time and effort that goes into planning and achieving small milestones makes the accomplishment of the greater goal that much more rewarding.