Longer term doing > longer term thinking

I’m an idealist. Which means, among other things, that I’ve done a lot of idealised long term thinking.

What I haven’t done consistently, is match that with long term action. What I do in the short term is regularly misaligned with the action that reaching the ideal requires. When sober reflection makes this clear, I think again about what is ideal and consider what actions I should take. The thinking exercise leaves me once again comfortable about reaching those goals. This time it will be different…

Of course, it hasn’t often been different!

I’m guilty of thinking positively and then leaving it at that. Till the next time I think I need to take some action, when I think positively all over again and thereby get comfortable. Which leads me to:

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

John F. Kennedy


I have to confront my experience that having spent time envisaging an ideal future, I then go about the day as if it were certain to come to pass. When I could be doing something to reach the goal, I’ve all too often thought there’s time to take the action tomorrow and so my series of short terms actions don’t support the long term plan.

More doing. Less idealising.

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