The day of your conversion isn't really a destination. I've spent well over a year thinking about that phrase, trying to decide how I interpret it. I think I like the journey metaphor.
Conversion day is like a mile-marker. I don't think we expect kids to feel any different once they are b'nei mitzvot, so why are converts supposed to suddenly feel different?
Of course, everyone asks b'nei mitzvot, newly-married couples, and converts the exact same question: "So...do you feel any different?" I don't know why we keep asking, since we generally expect the answer to be no. If someone actually responded, "I feel like a whole new person!" we would either assume that they're joking or that they have very unreasonable expectations about life being suddenly new and shiny and different.
Or maybe there's an even better analogy! It's like being on a diet and reaching your goal weight. You've reached your goal, but now you have to maintain it. You have to keep exercising, eating the right foods, and combating the negative self-images we develop. It's not easy, and the major "reward" we were working for over such a long time has come and gone. The question becomes: what is your new goal? Running a 5k? Doing 100 push-ups in a row? Or maybe even doing a triathalon??
Once you reach the mikvah, what becomes your new goal? Yeah yeah, "being a good Yid." Don't give that answer because that is an objective, which is achieved through smaller goals. Your goals lead to your objective. Without goals to motivate you and mark your progress, your objective remains undefined and without the steps to get there.
How do you achieve your objectives? You make a SMART goal.
- Timely [With a time frame to complete it]
What say you, general public?