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Dreams vs. Goals

Updated: Jul 8, 2021



We all have dreams. When we are young, we dream of our ideal career, we dream of our future family, we dream of seeing the world. As we get older, we set goals designed to fulfill those dreams. Sometimes along the way, dreams are set aside. Goals become insurmountable. The dreams are too big. The goals are too big. The lines blur and we forget what we were dreaming about in the first place.


So, let’s get back to basics and talk about why dreams and goals are both important, but have different functions.


Dreams are subjective because they live in our minds, while goals are objective because they require action and must have a defined end-result. Dreams are necessary because they help to create vision, inspire us, and bring hope for the future. Goals, however, come with a cost (time, money, and effort). For those willing to pay the price, lofty goals can change their life.


Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-sensitive. There are three types of goals: short-range, mid-range and long-range goals. The short-range goals (10 days) get us started. The mid-range goals (90 days) keep us going, and long-range goals (12 month) give us hope. A great way to track your short-range goals is to use a weekly tracking system ~ like the one provided in the Joe Galindo Coaching Resource Center. Using a weekly tracking system is a great way to monitor your progress and keep your goals moving forward.


I love this quote by Brian Tracy that says, “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.

In order to accomplish our dreams and not get overwhelmed on the way, break your dreams down into realistic and manageable goals. Start small and work your way to larger goals. Before you know it, the blurred lines will become crystal clear and your dreams will become reality.


For more information about turning your goals into realized dreams, call Coach Joe to schedule a complimentary coaching consultation. It might be the fuel you need to get your furnace going!

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