We think constantly about our vague desires, without committing to a specific task.
We go to the gym to “work out” without trying to become better at something specific. We wish that we were more creative, but never work on a particular project.
Commitment to performing a specific task is often the only difference between our results and our desires.
When you commit to a task, then the next step is obvious.
Do you want to take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise? Next step: find a good spot. You've found a good spot? Next step: wake up early and drive there.
Two of the biggest innovations of modern times are cars and airplanes. At first, every new invention looks like a toy. It takes decades for people to realise the potential of it.
When you tell yourself to do something, make it an order.
An item such as "Acme account checkup" doesn't tell you what has to be done. Make your to-do's specific actions, such as "Phone Rob at Acme re: Q2 sales."