Look at a soccer or football field and the players know exactly where the goal is, and that they need to get the ball there to win the game. Basically a goal is a well defined target. There is no doubt that the soccer goal is at the end of the field with that huge net around it and protected by the goalie. Nor is there anyway you cannot see the end zone and know that football needs to get across that line to score points. They are similar in that they are both for a ball game, but each has specific requirements to be successfully achieved. Goals are best achieved when following the SMART formula. They need to be Specific, Measureable, Realistic and Time specific. Goals and dreams differ greatly.
A dream is is an image of something you wish to achieve. They are inspirational and can change your life. On their own, that is where they will forever stay, a place of fantasy that you long for. As children we tend to dream every day of things we want or want to be when we grow up. Yet rarely do children have any plan of action to attain those dreams. As time passes by, we forget about dreaming and just deal with the daily grind of life. Want to know the big difference between a goal and a dream? Lets look at the game of football.
Say a team has recruited some great players I will call them Wilson, Sherman and Lynch. The coach has goals for those players to improve their game and make them work hard at practices to achieve those goals. The players work their butts off, but for what reason? Is reaching those goals why they get up in the morning? Or is it the dream those goals are helping them to reach? Their dream is to make it to the Super Bowl and get a very special ring. Every practice, every bump and bruise, every sore muscle is to get to that one big game and prove they deserve to be there. It is a hard season, full of highs and lows, but that dream is one day fulfilled. Does Wilson now sit back and say “I fulfilled my childhood dream I can take it easy!”? Along with Lynch and Sherman he has a new dream, to do it two years in a row. So these guys work with the coaches and set new goals for every week, they practice harder stay determined and focus their eyes on that dream of playing in Arizona on February 1st. Many other players have the same dream of playing in Arizona, but only two will have the opportunity. Teams full of players like Wilson, Sherman and Lynch who set goals for themselves and their teammates and worked on them daily. Men who kept that dream in front of them every day to remind them why they worked so hard to achieve certain goals. Teams who dreamed together and worked on their goals together to do something that millions of fans wish they had the talent to do, play in the Super Bowl.
What are your dreams? If you cannot list them take some quiet time to dwell on it. The sky is the limit, anything you want, what would it be? Something big, and something small, it is all good. Get the whole family involved. Write the. All down on a list, the longer the better. Now go through and we’d out all those things that would just be nice, keeping only those that you really desire.
Sit at the table with a poster board, markers, pencils, magazines and glue. Every one of those dreams is going to be written, drawn or a cut out of a magazine and represented on your poster board. Once down it will hang in a place where you will see it several times a day. There will be no doubt what your dreams are when you look at it.
There is only one rule, don’t overwhelm yourself by putting on too many things. You can always make another one when you have fulfilled this first grouping.
Of course you cannot stop here, next step is to write Smart Goals that will lead to fulfilling those dreams. But that is another discussion. For now, share some of your dreams you have for this year and maybe some you reached in 2014.
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