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Are You Achieving Goals, or Realizing Dreams?

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 sailboatexample, 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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Comment balloon 11 commentsKathryn Acciari • November 19 2011 04:35PM


All to true. In everything I do I ask myself 3 questions. If I don't know the answer or answer no to any of the questions I will fail. The three questions are this:

What do I want?

What does it take to get there?

Am I willing to do it?

Works for everything from life goals to making a sandwich. You just have to be willing to be positive and go out there and get it.

Posted by John Fauth, Turning your dreams into an address! (Coldwell Banker King Thompson) over 8 years ago

That last question is he deal-maker, isn't it John?  Great approach to every area of life.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Kathyrn do you know about barefoot cruises?  Google it and see what pops up.  That might be a very reachable way to realize your fabulous dream!  Excellent post - and there is a huge difference between simlply stating goals (with no energy or excitment behind them) and really being passionate about creating something fabulous - like your sailing dream!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 8 years ago

Anna, that certainly sounds intriguing.  I will definitely google it - thanks for the tip.  Best wishes for many dreams come true for you.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Kathyrn, this year has gone by so fast and now it's time to sit down and set goals once again.  I've found that setting goals that I can see work best for me.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 8 years ago

Hi Kathryn - Working so hard in this crazy business without personal goals makes no sense.  You have to reward your self or it doesn't make sense.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 8 years ago

I'm dreaming already - Great idea - Much like having a picture of your dreams so you can re energize yourself each day... thanks!

Posted by Marcia Kramarz, CDPE,LMC,CBR (Re/Max Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

Kathryn, Lucky you for being so passionate about sailing, the ocean and having an attainable goal. We work so hard in this business that being able to have fun too is what it's really all about!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 8 years ago

Kathryn  I dropped in to wish you and your family the very happiest Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 8 years ago

Kay:  The year has gone quickly, hasn't it? I'd like time to slow down just a teeny bit, so it can be relished a little more.

Conrad:  A life without sense, is just that.  Make it make sense for you.

Marcia:  Thanks!  Having visuals does help.

Larry and Sheila:  Budda says life is suffering, so if we can find ways to inject enjoyment we are ahead of the game.

Karen: Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Thank you for your wishes, and for being an ActiveRain friend!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 8 years ago
Thank you Elizabeth a trip down meormy lane for me as well (not the goatherd part, however). You do an excellent job of weaving in and out between time and place and circumstance (and I can almost taste the butter on the toast).
Posted by Usama over 8 years ago