A year ago, I stumbled upon a thought provoking question that has had quite an impact on how I think:
What are your 10 year goals? How can you achieve them in 6 months?
The point here is not necessarily to end up achieving your 10 year goals in 6 months, but the exercise of thinking of an answer itself will be eye-opening.
Some of your long term goals can actually be achieved in a much shorter period of time. And if you realize you can do that, then why the hell not? Living one’s life with a sense of urgency to achieve will require more effort, but it certainly is more rewarding.
Granted, some things come with time (coupled with work), but perhaps the majority of our goals are just pending our disciplined action.