|Tony Stark (aka Iron Man)|
When his computer-assistant Jarvis tells him that numerous tests should still be run before attempting flight, Tony Stark tells him, "Sometimes you need to run before you can walk.
|Iron Man's "Heads-up" display|
Tony Stark flies out of his garage and into the night sky. Stark asks the altitude record for the SR-71 Blackbird. The icon of this amazing airplane appears on his heads-up display, and Jarvis rattles off its record. Stark then tells Jarvis to punch it, and shoots up toward the moon.
|The SR-71 Blackbird: side view|
The scene reminds how comforting it can be to complete a "more readily achievable goal." Why do I tell myself that I must accomplish lessor goals, before one day reaching for the sky? While every house needs a strong foundation, I can't just keep improving, strengthening, and redesigning the foundation. Some day, I must begin work on the house.
|Standing before the SR-71|
Or, to put it in more readily accessible terms, were I to rank all my desired goals with grades such as A, B, and C, it's the A's that I most want to look back on later and say, "Yes, I did that. I accomplished that."
You know, maybe it's time I took up running. Every day.