Follow your dreams. Dream big. We hear phrases like these all the time. As much as they are nice thoughts, following your dreams can turn into the biggest waste of time if you don’t have any goals.
We are reaching that time of the year when people begin to make resolutions for what they want the following year to be like. We begin dreaming about weight loss, becoming more organized, or saving more. These are few of many ‘noble’ feats, but the more important part is how we get from vision to application.
Many times the words ‘dream’ and ‘goal’ are used interchangeably but they are not the same; although when used together, can be a great benefit. A dream is defined as something to aspire to. A goal is defined as the result or achievement toward which effort is directed.
You can have aspirations out the wazoo but if no effort is directed towards it, you won’t achieve a real level of success. If you want to go on a road trip and you have no car, gas, money for incidentals, or a map/gps, you won’t get very far. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming, but if you want to accomplish anything, you have to work toward it.
In order for something to truly be a goal, it has to be measurable. You must be able to track your progress. Make a plan. Yes, I know. Plans can change. But at the very least, you have one.
So continue to dream big. But write your dreams down and break them up into pieces that you can put together one at a time. Before you know it, you’ll see a picture.