6 December 2016
What is the difference between a dream and a goal?
It would be easy to assume that they are one and the same. However, dreams, to me, are intangible. They’re the big ideas, the wild ones, the crazy ones that you struggle to grasp. Whereas goals, they’re how you turn a dream into action; a road-marker on the path towards achieving a dream.
It’s much the same as planning a trip to the hairdresser – you are, of course, significantly less likely to go to go unless you have an appointment. Book the appointment and suddenly that thought is real and you’re 97% more likely to get your hair cut. It’s as simple as that.
Children are extraordinary dreamers and somewhere along the way we lose that talent as we grow into adults. We become restrained by experience, society and the opinions of others. But imagine if we dreamed as big as children and plotted the path to achieving those extraordinary dreams by setting goals!
Goals are not there to restrain dreams but to help make them a reality, to break them down into digestible chunks. When I set up UKFast, I dreamt of having a £1 million business. If I had focussed solely on that big dream, I would never have got here. Instead, I broke it down into steps along the journey. Since then, of course, I’ve set more and more bigger goals and the dreams have evolved and shifted – but it is this practice that has seen us continue to strive and stay motivated throughout the years.
Everything starts with a simple thought: what you’re wearing today, the job that you do, the holidays that you take. Dreams are these thoughts. You can let them drift around in your head as a distant wish, or you can set the goals and the pathway to achieving them. Make the intangible, tangible.
Those of you who read my blog regularly will know of my focus on writing goals down. It is essential. Once you’ve written your goal it may as well be carved in stone; it’s permanent, it’s set. I learned this from my early encounters with Tony Robbins. There is something special that happens when you write down a goal – you can’t help but achieve it!
I don’t know how or why it works, but in my experience, if you write down your goal, you’re significantly more likely to achieve it.
Ultimately, dreams are something you’re thinking about and goals are something that need action. They have deadlines, a cost and a focus.
What are your dreams? What are your goals?