We’ve all been guilty of this before. You’re talking with someone and they suggest something you want to do.
You should travel the world.
You should have your own business.
You should quit your job.
You should ________ with your life.
And if we’re even remotely interested in accomplishing that thing, we often issue the knee-jerk response…
“That’s my goal.”
Why do we respond like that? Because most of the time (if not all the time), it’s not a goal. It’s a dream. It’s a wish. It’s a fantasy. It’s something we’d like to accomplish but will probably never get around to actually doing it.
Goals require planning. Dreams are supposed to just magically come together.
Goals require work. Dreams just happen.
Goals require an investment of time, energy, and resources. Dreams don’t.
Are you seeing the differences? Goals are much more difficult to accomplish. So here’s my challenge…think twice before saying “that’s my goal.” Determine if what you really want is worth all the effort and energy to make it happen or is it simply a wish you hope will magically happen someday.
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