Thereâ€™s a big difference betweenâ€¦
Writing a book and publishing a blog post.
Running a 5k and finishing a marathon.
Climbing Kilimanjaro and taking a day trip up Mt. Washington.
Our world has become ever more crowded with ambitions of every sort, with social feeds detailing the enviable evidence of our friendsâ€™ (and their friendsâ€™) milestone feats â€“ that it can sometimes have a defeating effect. â€œIâ€™d have to train for monthsâ€¦to have a big ideaâ€¦to quit my jobâ€¦Iâ€™ll do it next yearâ€¦Iâ€™d need a partner.â€
In an evolutionary world, it only makes sense that people are doing more and bigger stuff all the time, right? The minute one person does anything â€“ much less better, faster, or longer – 20 more succeed in breaking those barriers.
But big accomplishments are few and far between. Theyâ€™re promises worth keeping to ourselves, without question â€“ but to overlook smaller dreams â€“ or dismiss them as a distraction, unimportant or trivial – Â is to miss accessible opportunities to make meaningful dreams come true.
Indulge me on this one.
I recently set my sights on learning Michael Jacksonâ€™s Thriller dance in two weeks. This was not without sacrifice. Over the course of my 14-day mission, I set aside some important work, made less interesting dinners, commuted in rush hour traffic, and dropped one ball in the form of a missed meeting. Butâ€¦it was a short-term goal that felt semi-realistic, and that meant I finally (kind of) felt like a legendary pop star who I must have watched on MTV 100-plus times as a kid. Looking at my life, which admittedly doesnâ€™t have a lot of room for â€œmoreâ€, this actually seemed do-able.
And it wasâ€¦ So. Much. Fun.
All of it.
Grand finish lines are wonderful, but they arenâ€™t the only goals worth having.
Of course you should write a book, renovate a house, get a degree, pitch the show,Â launch the podcast and sell the business. But you could also take the class, do the gig, submit the work or enter a smaller, local race.
More frequent finish lines are everywhere.
They arenâ€™t without effort, intention, and logistics. But theyâ€™re within reach.
And what they might deliver is a reunion with the kid inside who still wants to feel giddy, nervous and beside herself with excitement. This kind of glee canâ€™t be manufactured. But it can be cultivated.
Decide on your â€œyesâ€ thing.
Punctuate the finish with a date, a registration, an unveiling, or by pressing sendâ€¦
And thenâ€¦do it.