Writers are people who write.
Hikers are people who hike.
You are not a writer because you have a typewriter or an idea for a book.
You are a writer if you write.
You are not a hiker because you have the gear or have plans for that great thing one day.
You are a hiker if you hike.
Being “great” at what you do is not a prerequisite.
Desiring to be great is a fruit of wanting to do more of your thing better than you did yesterday.
You are not a writer if you finish books. You are a writer if you write them.
You are not a hiker if you finish hikes. You are a hiker if you hike trails.
Finishing a book is the natural byproduct of being a writer.
Finishing a hike is the natural byproduct of being a hiker.
You don’t need to focus on finishing the thing on your heart.
You need to focus on DOING the thing on your heart. Not once. Consistently. Every day.
Be a doer, not a thinker.
And that’s the challenge.
You can convince the people and conditions around you to put up with a sprint for a day or a week while you pursue your thing. It is much harder to ask for the people around you to accept you if you made the life change necessary to DO YOUR THING consistently.
You could appeal to them.
You could reason with them.
You could sacrifice, posture, or position yourself to appease them.
But at some point you will need to make the total life changes you need to make.
You will need to have tough talks with people who matter most.
You will need to move to that part of the world or country.
You will need to change that job.
But if you want to be a writer or a hiker,
a lover or an artist,
You’ve got to strike higher
In order to manifest.