I recently reconnected with an old friend.
We exchanged updates on life & family and eventually made our way to careers.
She asked about mine, I shared my current projects and added:
I’m essentially walking around Austin, arms wide open, shouting: I’m ready for all the world has to offer.
My friend was surprised by this description.
I’d pegged you as someone with a vision board! She immediately said.
Our conversation veered off in a different direction and I didn’t think much that piece until later.
lunged walked past where my vision board hung and it struck me:
Crap, that thing has become filled with dreams.
#1. Goals are dreams with timelines.
I can’t recall who originally said this as I’ve quoted it to my own damn self for so long. I believe in dreaming big. I encourage daydreaming. After all that is done? It’s time to slap a deadline on those things! Only when there’s a sense of urgency do our longings lessen and does our achieving begin.
#2. Goals have an ending–dreams do not.
Even though goals have a hard and fast outcome I still believe in enjoying the process. If you’ve invested time identifying your goals and carefully mapped them out the achievement process is enjoyable. That doesn’t mean, however, you wont realize when you’re done. Goals have specific outcomes. Dreams are often circuitous.
#3. Goals are life changing—dreams are not.
Dreams motivate us. Dreams allow us to safely explore our wildest fantasies. Dream also only inspire us while goals are entirely life altering. Dreaming about becoming a famous author with book tours and television interviews? Inspiring and smile provoking. Writing the damn book and marketing the hell out of it? Your life will never be the same.
#4. Goals are depleting. Dreams are not.
This last one still makes me think: Wait what?! yet it’s true. Dreams are easy. Dreams are big and wide and vast and long and unfocused and not tethered by constraints of reality. Goals demand work. Goals necessitate your being organized, focused and, most often, sacrificing in order to achieve them.
I guess, in the end, it can all be summed up by a fave Jesse Owens quote:
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Dreams and goals.
One requires the other.
Id have absolutely no focused, defined B.R.A.Z.E.N. goals if I didn’t first dream wildly.
The important piece, however, is not to get stuck on step #1 and never transform anything into reality.
- Have you considered the difference between your goals and dreams?
- Which, if either, do you have posted on your vision board?