This is #5 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For”
Declaring what you want requires courage.
It takes a lot of vulnerability to name a goal, especially a big one. Once you do so, you’re on the hook to follow through, and that is the moment that separates fantasy from reality.
And no one can help you until you do.
And the thing it took me a very long time to learn is that people want to help. People will and do help once they know what you are hoping/trying to accomplish.
Do you aspire to write a book? You can suffer in silence or you can spread the word. Telling people about it doesn’t free you from the responsibility to sit down and write, but it may unlock a community of support, a wealth of resources, a path through the maze of a difficult process.
And it’s the same for starting a company, turning pro, leading a team, running a marathon, inventing a product. The courage to name a goal like that is the courage to trust that once you do so, “mighty forces will come to your aid.” (Basil King)
But what if you let them down? What if you fail? What if change your mind? I can only offer what experience has taught me about that: you pick yourself up and move on.
You name your next aspiration, tell the world about it, and get to work.