Separating Dreams From Goals

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I am often asked “what is the difference between a dream and a goal?”

It’s critical to understanding the difference between a dream and a goal because, with respect to a dream, there is no element of control. You have no control over the realization of a dream. A dream is merely the desire for some future outcome.

A goal, however, is something you can control. It represent some specific future action you intend to take for some specific period of time that will help you realize your dream. Because it requires action, you have control over whether or not you take that action.

Let’s take a look at some typical examples of “goals” to help you separate the two:

  • “I want to lose 20 pounds.”
  • “I want to run 3 miles a day for 6 months.”
  • “I want to increase sales by $$5,000 a month.”
  • “I want to make 10 prospecting calls a day for a month.”
  • “I want to write a book this year.”
  • “I want to write 500 words a day for 3 months.”

“I want to lose 20 pounds” is a dream because it represents the future outcome of losing 20 pounds.

“I want to run 3 miles a day for 6 months” is a goal because it represents some future action you intend to take that will help you realize your dream of losing 20 pounds.

“I want to increase sales by $5,000 a month” is a dream because it represents the future outcome of making an additional $5,000 a month in sales.

“I want to make 10 prospecting calls a day for a month” is a goal because it represents some future action you intend to take that will lead to the realization of your dream of making an additional $5,000 a month in sales.

“I want to write a book this year” is a dream because it represents some future outcome.

“I want to write 500 words a day for 3 months” represents a goal. Five hundreds words a day for 3 months = 45,000 words, a good number of words for a good sized book.

The key to realizing a goal is to define your dream and then identify the specific action steps required in order to realize that dream. Each specific activity required in order to realize your dream represents a goal. Most dreams require multiple goals you must achieve in order to realize your dream. After you achieve each of those goals, your dream becomes a reality.

Summary:

A dream is some future outcome you desire.

A goal is some specific future action you take for a specific period of time in order to realize a dream. 

 

 

 

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit, Money.com, India TV, News.com Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
 
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