If you want to, why don’t you?

I’d like to be a better writer.

A lot of people who say “I‘d like to be good at XYZ”, rarely mean it. What they mean to say is “I like the idea of being good at XYZ”.

There’s a huge difference. And I’m as guilty as anyone.
I’d like to be a better writer.


I also want a little vegetable garden and maybe some chickens. That’s because I love cooking, using fresh ingredients, and eggs.

But chickens are messy. And I don’t enjoy gardening.

Still, I find myself saying “Oh, I’d love a little vegetable garden of my own! Imagine heading outside each morning, saying MORNING LADIES! to the chickens. Grabbing a few fresh eggs, maybe some spinach too, and whipping up the best omelette Ansdell has ever seen.”


I am pretty good at cycling. I somehow manage to fit in a training session (of around 90 minutes) each day. Even when I’m swamped it’s very rare that I miss a ride because I don’t have time.

I just get creative. If you really want something. You’ll generally find a way to do it every day.

More than once I’ve been out of bed and on my bike before 5am. Or late in the evening racing home the last few minutes of sunlight. I have no problem doing that because I want to be good at riding my bike.

If I want to be good at writing I need to practice that too.


Don’t say to yourself “I want to do XYZ”.
Make it happen.

So Ross, do you want to be good at writing? Or do you just like the idea of being good at writing?