This is a question that you may have asked many times, but have not yet received a satisfying answer. I know I certainly did. Especially now in this present digital age where you here so much more about personal development and goal setting etc. We have all heard of goal setting, that’s kind of a given. Then I would hear people talk about intention setting, and I would think, well are they not just the same. And on top of that we have dreams, so when coaches often ask you, or anyone for that matter, what are your goals, you automatically start listing your dreams, things you would love to happen. But dreams without action are but that, dreams. So to get back to the question, no, wishes, dreams and goals are not at all the same. They may have similar meanings, but there is a difference between the three of them.
Often you have heard someone wishing something. Wishes are those often asked by a person. Any given person could wish for a thousand different things. It is something that you desire to have, but do not have it yet. There can be an endless list of wishes in a person’s life. It can be from buying a that chanel handbag, to a pair of Jimmy Choo’s, to climbing Mount Everest. You could wish for anything.
On the other hand, a dream is something that a person visualises someday doing or having. It is more like a goal that you visualise. Dreams give a person the motivation to stand up and move forward in life. Without dreams, its hard to find meaning or purpose in life.
A goal is a target that a person sets in life. In other words, you can also call it an achievement. However, all these three closely relates to each other. They are convertible. Only if a person wishes something, then she dreams of that thing; and only if she dreams of that thing, can she get the motivation to set it as a goal. So, you see that there is no existence of one without the other. All three complement each other.
Wishes makes our lives colourful. Dream make our lives motivated. Goal make our lives purposeful. This is why these three things – wishes, dreams and goals are a very important part of life. They help us mere humans to live a happy existence. These three things helps us to be optimistic and learn about the daily grind of life.
For instance, many people wish that they had a car, not just any car, say a Ferrari, but unfortunately, they do not have the capacity to buy such a lavish car. The next step for them is to dream and visualise that they have this car. This will help them to get the motivation to buy a car, even if it’s not a Ferrari, they may settle with a top of the range Land River instead. Then, they will take the necessary steps to buy that car. Although it may not be possible immediately, and they may have to set, some other goals that will help them make money and finally achieve their goal of buying a car. Thus, everything relates to one another.
In order to achieve the goal, you have to set our eyes on the prize just as an animal fixes their eyes on their prey. However, keep in mind that you must not forget the principles of your life while you set to achieve the goals. Most people often forget their principles of life and resort to questionable means in order to achieve the their goal. We do have principles ladies. If you feel that, the goals is not achievable for you, then leave it for now and concentrate on some other goal in your life that you find achievable for the moment. Or break it down into smaller achievable chunks.