The term "wishful thinking" is a bit of a broken statement. It’s the creation of an elaborate vision, a goal or something we want to reach… but without a plan.
What Eleanor Roosevelt suggests in her quote is to stop day-dreaming, and bring those goals into reality through action steps. And if we can do that, we quickly remind ourselves that we are literally problem-solving-machines. Things kick into gear, and we surprise ourselves. We’ll say things like, "well, that wasn’t so bad" or "that was actually easier than I thought!"
Ever have a hard time starting to clean the house? The trick everyone knows… is to just start.
To take that actual first step, and create momentum.
Let’s reinforce this in our minds:
We weren’t made to wish.
We were made to act.