“Dad?” James asked his father.
“Yes?” his father responded, turning his gaze from the tv to his son.
“I’d like a bike,” James stated, looking hopeful.
“Oh? And how do you plan on getting this bike?” his father questioned with an amused look on his face.
James pouted, replying, “You won’t get it for me?”
His father chuckled, saying, “It would be much more rewarding for you to get the bike yourself. Don’t you think?”
“No,” James grimaced.
His father laughed and said, “James, trust me. It’ll be more satisfying to get the bike on your own than with my help. Why don’t you come up with some actionable ideas?”
“What are actionable ideas?” James asked.
“They are simply ideas that can be put into action. You want a bike, right? What are some actionable ideas you can create that will help you reach your goal?”
James’ brows furrowed in concentration. “I could…” he started after a while, “… I could do stuff around the house for money. I could save up my allowance. I could make a lemonade stand.”
“Those all sound great,” his father smiled. “Why don’t you write down your ideas and then develop to practical steps for each one?”
“Okay,” James smiled back. He scampered off excitedly.