Have you ever thought long on whether your aspiration is a dream or a goal? I have in the past few weeks as my dream of becoming a published author became a reality–but then I argued with myself a good long while. Was it a dream? Or a stretch goal? Or just the next step?
When both sides were exhausted, I decided that everyone one shouting in my brain was right! Pointless feuding, but that happens all the time.
Dreams are the seeds of a goal, the silent breath of potential–becoming an author was a dream that was rooted in my childhood. Over the years, I took steps until finally, I found my way to a completed manuscript. My dream of writing a novel,turned into a goal, and finally accomplishment. However I was a novice and no one wanted that book.
My author dream grew into a delicate bloom–now it was a goal, lofty and far away. I worked on my craft, learned about myself, and worked hard writing and editing. Then in January I achieved my goal when Carina purchased the Jericho Brotherhood line.
So here are my new definitions,–
- Dreams fuel passion and give hope, maybe never approaches reality.
- Goals make dreams into stepping stones. Each step an achievement that leads to the deram.
- Failures: Missed steps that teach me more than all the steps I climbed unhurt.
- Accomplishments: The party at the end of a flight of stairs before I climb higher.
Everyone dreams but not all dreams become reality. But so many can become goals that lead to adventures aplenty. I am excited to have reached a party place and hope you’ll join me in my celebration over the next few months. Then I’ll stretch and begin the climb to the next goal–becoming a best-selling author.