Column: The thought doesn’t count


So, I’ve got the unit, tag I’ll need and area all set for a moose hunt next Fall. I’m stoked, maybe even a little exhausted.

However, the truth is, plans suck.

Sure, everything starts with an idea, and a plan, but I get the feeling that sometimes I feel so good about an idea, or declaration, or a cause, or a plan, that I forget to show up.

I remember how deep it cut to be told that I “mean well” which seems like a euphemism for someone who doesn’t follow through. The thought is only the beginning of what counts. When has a thought solved any problem? Am I there for someone, or am I not? Am I engaged or am I not? That’s what matters in that moment. The thought, like a great plan, is nothing without action.

I think about this sort of thing sometimes, not to berate myself in fits of low self-esteem, but as a way to hold myself accountable. In fact, I don’t want my ego stroked, or to get showered with reassuring posts because that only validates where I currently am, and if I want to get more out of life, I can’t be stagnant.

Donald Miller wrote “Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.”
In a TED talk, Tim Ferriss said it’s not just the cost of failing, it’s the cost of inactivity that should scare us. “Humans are very good at considering what might go wrong if we try something new…What we don’t often consider is the atrocious cost of the status quo.”


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