Dreams vs Goals

From the time we are just young we’re told to reach for the stars. We always hear of people talking about their dreams coming true. We’re inspired to go as far as these quotes and inspirations but we feel like failures when things don’t always go as planned.

What they (whoever “they” are) don’t tell us is that having your dreams come true and reaching for the stars requires great work and dedication. We all want our dreams to come true, but we’d much prefer it fall in our laps than have to figure out how to make it happen.

The realistic way to make dreams come true is to not reach for the stars but rather reach for what you can grab, then reach a little higher. Ask for help. Like when you can’t get that plate on the top shelf so you ask someone to grab it for you or you get a step ladder or a chair (or in my case just jump up onto the counter and grab it).

Goals can be reached but we have to make them realistic and the best way to do that is by writing out the steps on how we plan to achieve the goal. If my goal was to lose 10 lbs by summer then I should start by writing out how I am going to do that. It feels a lot more achievable when we have the steps to get there. If my goal was to lose 100 lbs in a year but I had no idea what I was going to do to get there then the goal would probably die pretty fast.

As New Years approaches and we all prepare to make New Years Resolutions, just remember to make them achievable and to have a plan of action. Whether it is to lose weight or quit smoking. Are you going to join Weight Watchers? Are you going to quit smoking by going out and buying Nicorette? Build the bridge to your goal and walk across it. Because let’s face it, reaches for the stars is unrealistic.


Happy Holidays!

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