There’s a difference between goals and dreams. Simply put, goals are dreams with deadlines. There is an action plan attached to goals to get you to where you want to be, whether its in regards to health, finances, mental, or physical. I was taught in my later teen years the difference between daydreaming of nice things, of the body I wanted, the life I wanted to live and actually figuring out ways to attain these things.
I was taught to write a goal statement and carry it with me so I could read it multiple times throughout the day. I am positive this is why I carry on even when things are harder than I thought they would be. No one ever promised this lifetime would be easy, but they did promise it would be worth it.
Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.
I think people stop dreaming after a while. We aren’t taught to break down our goals into measurable daily, weekly, monthly, yearly activities. Of course people dream of owning big boats, beautiful houses, or traveling the world but in the back of their mind know it’s just a dream. I don’t believe many people even entertain the idea of a lifestyle outside of an everyday, monotonous routine. They get ‘comfortable’ (if you could call it that) in a back and forth way of life, chocking it up to the notion that “it is what it is” or only “lucky” or “rich” people can live like that.
Having a clearly defined plan to give me the lifestyle I want helps push me through seemingly endless college courses, tuition bills, unwanted negative energy, long days and nights, etc. A focus such as this keeps you moving forward, despite the obstacles along the way.
Every action you take daily either puts you closer or further away from your goals. Keeping them in the forefront of your mind, reading them daily, having clear, visual images of the places you’ll be, the people you’re with, the activities you’re doing makes the journey worthwhile. Don’t stop dreaming. Start today.