Most of the articles I have read about the difference between dreams and goals essentially state that dreams are in the mind while goals are reality. For example:
Dreams are something you create in your mind that can take any shape or form, while goals are based on taking action. With goals, a lot of focus and attention is needed. Dreams, on the other hand, don’t need that kind of focus. You can sit for hours and dream without doing a single thing about it.
In between thoughts of projects, deals, challenges, achievements, stress, pressure, successes, failures, and setbacks is a place for dreams. I have found it beneficial to dream as a way to calm my mind and put things in perspective. It helps to motivate me, if by nothing else but to provide a push or even a nudge.
My dreams provoke memories, like that one special time and the events leading up to it, providing inspiration to replicate the success of the day. As well, questions about abandoning a dream also come to mind.
I find that dreams also tend to showcase the Whys in my life. How will they benefit if my dreams come true?
It’s good to dream. It’s essential to our well-being. Dreams are inspiring as they enable us to see what we might not see otherwise. Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Unless the dream is based upon fantasy or something that is clearly based upon extreme, unrealistic physical attributes, I do agree with Disney. I know. I know. Wasn’t Disneyland built around and upon fantasy? Yes, and no.
Yes, Mickey Mouse and friends surely fit the bill of fantasy as does the premise of Fantasy Land and many other things associated with Disney. However, Disney’s dream was of creating something tangible and certainly, real. His dream was best explained with the following, now famous, words as Disneyland transitioned from dream to reality:
“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
Walt Disney’s goal was his dream, and vice versa! Key was his ability to visualize his dreams coming true. I believe this to be true, because dreams often enable us to expand detail we may not have yet thought about or realized. Dreams are more vivid than drawings and sketches. One could only imagine what went on in Disney’s mind as he slept.
Of course, as American Author and Thought-leader John Maxwell says, “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” So, listen to your dreams. Write down your thoughts as you arise in the morning. Make note of colors, music and anything that stands out. Try to recall as much detail as possible. Turn your notes into an action plan and then a business plan. Then, get to work making your dreams come true.
Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count!