Are You Achieving Goals, or Realizing Dreams?
It's getting to be that time of year again. The holidays will come and go in a flurry of activity, and then boom - it's time to buckle down, get serious, and set goals for the new year. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with setting and reaching goals, I'd like to suggest that you put a little punch into your goal setting this time.
Instead of merely setting goals, why not decide to tie your goals to some dreams?
What is the difference between setting goals and reaching for dreams? Well, in my world the difference has to do with the energy and level of excitement that you feel when you write down a goal versus a dream.
For example, many of us write goals for our annual sales and income. Pick an income goal, figure out how many sales that translates to, and start doing the work to reach that goal. This is a great method for planning.
However, think about what might happen if you tie your yearly income goal to a dream. If you could earn an amazing amount of money, without the limitations of time, energy, budget, and other such factors, what would your dream be? What would you do with all that money? Would you give some away? Would you try to grow your holdings? How would that effect your lifestyle? Who else would benefit?
It goes beyond simply setting a number goal. It becomes a cause and effect statement. "I want to earn x amount of money so that I can do _______" Fill in the blank.
Of course, this does not just apply to income goals. A dream can be the catalyst for any number of goals. For example, one dream I have is that I would l-o-v-e to sail a boat along the Atlantic Coast. And I say that's it is a dream because it is so far out of reach right now, I don't know that it will ever happen. I don't know how to sail. I don't own a boat. I don't even know anyone with an ocean-worthy vessel. Time, money, and fear are all obstacles. But dream about this adventure, I do.
So to make it happen, I could start identifying the steps (aka goals) that will help me realize this dream, or get as close as possible to it. I live too far from the ocean to be able to get on the water on a regular basis. But, I do live near a lake. So keeping my dream in mind, I could set the following goals:
1. Learn to sail on lake
2. Save money to buy or rent a sailboat
3. Find a group of like-minded individuals who yearn for the ocean
4. Pull together an amazing crew of experienced sailing-types
5. Practice sailing on the ocean with said crew
6. Plan and implement the dreamed-of coastal cruise
Wow! Oh boy! That would be so great!
If I had simply wanted to set a goal, it may have been: Learn How to Sail. But by tying that goal to a larger dream, I have the potential to really do something BIG.
Now, what about you? As the year ends and you start to think about what you would like to achive in 2012, will you simply set goals for the year and stop there? Or might you dare to let yourself dream? Come on, think of a few things that would make you jump up and down if you were actually able to do them. Then, set the wheels in motion and go to it.
Wishing you a crazily successful new year full of realized dreams.
Kathryn Acciari, REALTOR
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