Dream Getting vs. Goal Setting

Quote of the Week

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Dream Getting vs. Goal Setting

by Steve Straus

Goals are useful tools for having what you want. So, set goals, work toward them, enjoy achieving them. Set more goals. Goals are good. They’ll get you from here to there, but they tend to be somewhat linear.

A dream has an X-factor which is missing from many goals — feelings. Dreams can be so non-linear they’re hard to articulate. In fact, at first you may not know how you’re going to achieve a dream. It’s just something you desire and feel.

Goals drive you. Dreams pull you. Goals can be “should’s.”

Dreams are always “want-to’s.”

Goals tend to be based on accomplishments and achievements, providing external motivation. Dreams tend to be based on values, purpose, and principles and provide internal motivation.

Copyright 2007 Steve Straus. All rights reserved. Steve Straus can be contacted at http://www.StrausUSA.com

Coaching Call to Action

I shared this tip with a client last week who was doing a great job reaching her goals this year. She wasn’t feeling inspired about this achievement. We talked about the “shoulds”. She had to get her business to a certain place and she did that this year. Now she feels the freedom to do more of what she wants to and to dream. Can’t wait to see what she creates for 2008!

What’s a dream of yours? How does it feel to imagine having that dream realized? Is it worth setting some goals to get it?