When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen. What's your next step?
The way I make my way from ideas to concrete results is through checklists and deadlines. If I can see how an idea can become reality step-by-step and list out those steps and when each has to be done, I’m fine with making it happen. On the other hand, if I’m given a project and I have no idea of what steps to take to get it done, then odds are very good that it’s not going to happen. The same is true with deadlines. If, for example, I’ve a writing project that I’d like to do but it can be done at any point in the future, it will always be something to be done in the future since there are a hundred other things with specific due dates to which I have to get first. Checklists and deadlines—those are my needed steps.