Wanted to + didn’t, still = didn’t. I know. It’s so logical and sequential, it’s hard to believe it came from me, but math doesn’t lie.
If you wanted to do something but didn’t, it still equals you didn’t. Thinking about stuff doesn’t make it happen; doing it does. Now don’t get me wrong, dreaming and thinking are essential. The first steps in getting anything done is having an idea, and most people have a lot of them, but not many put their ideas into action. They get stuck in the “gonna phase.” I’m gonna ______ fill in the blank. And that is where dreams go to die….the gonna phase.
Action is where the magic happens, though…where the plan takes turns you never saw coming, and you end up with obstacles AND opportunities…an alchemical necessity for stuff to happen. The truth is that most people have great ideas, but don’t act on them because they are either afraid of the “stuff,” or they lack drive. This all reminds of one of my favorite Disney movies, “Finding Nemo,” specifically the part where Marlin, Nemo’s dad, says that he promised he’d never let anything happen to his son, and the absent minded, but surprisingly accurate Dory says, “That’s a funny thing to promise. You can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen.” The point: Go out and DO stuff. Let stuff happen to you. Figure it out as you go, because wanting to + didn’t, still = didn’t.