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5 Ways Goals Differ From Dreams

It seems, despite the fact, we speak, so often, about the so – called, American Dream, or the concept of living our dreams, very little attention, is paid, on what that means and represents, and the significant difference between a dream, and a goal!

Although, dreams are essential for quality leadership, unless/ until, a well – considered, strategic plan, and a path to get it done, is implemented, little, of – significance, is achieved! Effective, meaningful, relevant leaders must transform quality ideas, and priorities, from dreams, to, goals, to be achieved.

With that in mind, this goal will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 ways, a leader’s goals, differ from their dreams.

Idealistic, but without a plan!:

We need to be idealistic, but, even the greatest, most desirable idea, without a viable plan, achieves little (but often wastes time, energy, and, eventually, enthusiasm)! It is rare, but important, to align idealism, with a pragmatic solution, which is well – considered, realistic, and important, as well as ambitious, but, can be implemented and used, instead of remaining, a mere, rhetorical exercise!

Goal is a dream, with a date attached:

Dreams, without a well – considered, plan, achieve little, other than sometimes, making one feel better about his ideals! Rather, a leader needs to transform a dream, to a goal. Actually, a goal might be considered, simply, a dream, with a date, on it, and attached! It’s important to create a strategy, and a true, action plan, if we hope, to achieve quality, significant accomplishments, in the best interests of the overall group!


How can anyone, lead, if he doesn’t commit to quality, effective, relevant, sustainable planning? You can’t be a real leader, if you fail to have a quality, realistic plan, focused on achieving meaningful objectives, etc!


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Little, of – value, can be achieved, without realistic, strategic planning! This requires a well – considered, strategy, aiming to produce results, and not merely a change, but one, which makes a true difference, for the better!

Action Plan:

Just as there is a need, to transform, a dream, to a goal, it’s important, to do something, meaningful, by looking at various options and alternatives, with an open – mind, and looking at both, current needs, as well as longer – term ones, in a strategic way! This must lead to a fully developed, action plan, to make an idea, into a reality!

Goals, and dreams, are far different, but, also, in many ways, alike. When they are aligned, better leaders are developed!

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands of leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook

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