Evander Holyfield, ya the guy who had chunks of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson, tells a story about his first trainer. Evander was a young boxer making his way into the sport and his trainer asked him one day, “do you want to be great?” Of course Evander had the same answer as we all would have, “yes sir, I do.”
But the follow-up question was what shocked me the most. Evander’s trainer responded, “Okay, if you want to be great, you now have to decide if it’s a dream or a goal?”
Are you living a dream or chasing a goal?
Both dreams and goals have a forward focusing view. You look ahead to obtain them.
This is about all they have in common.
Dreams and goals are separated by wishes and reality.
Dream: I hope this will happen some day.
Goal: I am working on making this happen.
Dream: Wouldn’t it be great if this happened.
Goal: This is what I want to see happen.
When we know the difference between a dream and a goal we are able to focus on how to get there.
Figuring out if we are pursuing a dream or a goal will give direction on where we need to go, what we need to do, and how we need to get there.