If you wish for something and don’t do anything about it, that’s a dream. Goals are better… trust me
When you want something to happen, and you make a plan on how it’s going to happen, that’s a goal. Goals are better than dreams because they have more action in them, and action is what makes everything come true in the real world. This is not to downplay the importance of dreams, DREAMS ARE AWESOME, but they are stepping stone.
Have you ever wondered if your dreams will come true? Pretty much everyone has at some point. In this article, you will learn a lesson about picking goals over dreams any day so you can lead that happy, productive life you dream of.
Everyone dreams. Many people have several dreams in one day and some important day dreams that resonate seem to keep coming back day after day.
If you choose to spend a week having dreams about the stuff that interests and moves you, no one will charge you a cent for it.
Dreaming is free, and that’s why everyone can afford it.
Many people do not get to figure out that dreaming alone isn’t enough unless you just enjoy it. However, you likely want your dreams to come true if you’re like everyone else. You want to see your dreams happening to you in real-time so that you’re literally living your dream.
If you stay dreaming, none of that will happen, and that’s why goals are so important.
Dreams do not come with deadlines, but goals are practical and have deadlines. You dream of having a large following on your social handle; there’s no date for all of that to happen if you do not make a plan for it. It will stay a dream with the date set at: “maybe one day” and unfortunately may not happen because of it.
A goal is a plan that you complete every day so that your dream eventually comes true. Your goals can be short-term or long-term, depending on what you’re trying to achieve. A goal is different from a dream in several ways, and this next section explains the differences.
For some reason, a lot of people mistake dreams for goals. Many people out there believe that they have goals when all they have are dreams. How can I tell?
It’s simple because an action is a major difference between a dream and a goal. When you take a specific action daily, it’s clear that you’re not dreaming; you have a clear goal, and you’re working on it every day.
Storytime: Mia is thirteen, and she’s always had this dream to get her mom a meaningful birthday present. Her mom loved gardening and would always fill the house with flowers from her garden; she always seemed to need vases, or at least Mia thought so and decided she would gift her mom a vase. Her mom’s birthday is in April, and she started a goal at the end of January.
Mia saved a portion of her weekly allowance of $2, and two months later, she’d saved up $8 to buy her mom the vase for her birthday.
Mia took clear actions, setting aside $1 from her weekly allowance, and by the time it was her mom’s birthday, all she did was walk into the store and buy a lovely vase for her mom. A dream come true.
This simple list summarizes the difference between a dream and a goal;
- Goals are plans that you are acting on every day.
- Goals have deadlines.
- Setting and accomplishing goals require effort and hard work; you don’t need any effort to dream.
- Dreams stretch your imagination, while goals stretch your real-life abilities.
This is an important question to ask yourself today.
You can be both because people rarely feel inspired without their dreams of who they want to be. However, you should always prioritize goal-setting because you cannot achieve your dreams without goals.
And, you want to achieve your dreams, don’t you?
Now’s the time to set some goals so your dreams can come true.
I hope this helps!