Writing advice is all good and well, but in the end it comes down to “what did you read and write today?”
It’s like those businessmen who say “Ideas are a dime a dozen. All that matters is the execution.” I happen to think ideas are incredibly valuable, but I also agree that they’re worthless until somebody takes an action.
We all need Dreams AND Goals. The two go hand in hand. Whenever you’re finished dreaming a dream (“To become a world class harmonica solo-ist”) then immediately the next question should be: “What can I do about it TODAY?”
A podcaster that I listen to, James Altucher, says that the greatest indicator of success in the future is whatever you’re doing today. Did you have a successful day? Were you healthy today? Did you take steps in the right direction?
When I was young I used to lift weights in the gym. My biggest pet peeve was guys who would say, “Oh yeah I used to be able to lift _______.” Or “Oh that’s nothing, I have a friend who can _______.”
And people don’t just use this time traveling trick in the gym, they use it everywhere: “When I was young I ______.” “Once I have more time then I’ll _______.”
Yesterday and Tomorrow are dead. It’s a little bit sad but we’ve always known it was the case. If I’m healthy today, then there’s a good chance I’ll be healthy tomorrow too – that’s the best I can wish for.