I’ve noticed that when my one year old daughter is practising walking, she tends to walk further if there is a nearby but attainable target. If the target is too far, she’ll opt to crawl because she’ll get there faster. And if there’s no target at all, she won’t go anywhere.
In ways like this she teaches and reminds me. When there’s no goal or target, little is likely to be achieved. When a goal is too far beyond imaginable reach, shortcuts can seem more appealing, or the desire to try eliminated entirely. So I need to decide on a reasonable goal if I’m going to develop and generate some degree of motivation to actually do something.