You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own and you know what you know.
And you are the guy who will decide where to go.
I had a lot of fun over this long holiday weekend. I enjoyed an insightful service at church, walked a mile after church, baked a few dozen cookies and went bowling. I recall a goal I set a few years back to bowl on the ABT (Amateur Bowling Tour). I once talked about it often, and really enjoyed bowling a lot more back then, as I prepared to be one of the Amateurs some day on one of those Vegas lanes.
It is beautiful to have a dream. It can also be wonderful to have a goal.
This morning, as I set out to complete my daily writing goal (yay for keeping myself to a DAILY objective), it occurred to me that I have had many goals over the years, some I have accomplished and some I have not (well not yet) ;).
I re-directed my thought process to remind myself that goal-lists can help with my time management. It’s useful at this point in my personal growth. Today, though, I am looking at things quite differently with an entirely new perspective.
The difference between having a goal (like bowling in the ABT) and having a dream (like being a published author, screenwriter or publisher) is different. The goal, is just that, one goal with a definitive objective. When accomplished, it is done.
But, my dreams are like several goals that must be accomplished in some logical way or the dream just ain’t gonna happen. The dream is like goals without legs. They are really beautiful and I love my dreams, but without something in place, like an action plan, to move me closer to accomplishing them they will not be tangible. This is not a negative thing, on the contrary, it’s my seeing clearly and having a healthy perspective.
My dreams are going to be one of the guiding passions of my life. I am clarifying them, laying out the details, and making them so clear that I can see them as doable and develop a plan for how I will get there.
Two cool things about where I am today: one, I know I will accomplish that ABT bowling tour. This is a fun goal I look forward to preparing for and I am finally seasoned enough to realize it is not a dream, just a childhood goal that would be a really cool accomplishment. And two, I have a really clear plan for moving closer to making my dreams a reality.
I’ll share my move-forward plan as I keep heading in the direction of my writing dreams. Perhaps my action plan can help you with your action plan. For now, here’s to all of your dreams becoming a reality!