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Dreams are hopes. When we dream, we picture what we want and we hope for the outcome. We put our faith in the universe and we cross our fingers. In a lot of ways, we become beggers. We look to others for provisions and when they fail to deliver, we simply accept the outcome as fate.

Goals are targets. They have timeframes and parameters. They require steps and work. When something goes wrong or falls off course, we look to ourselves for the answers. We keep ourselves accountable. We ask ourselves, over and over again, what is required of me to get what I want? We don’t wait for a miracle. We seek goals out. We hunt them down. And when we do get ahold of them, we have ourselves to thank.

One leads to being let down. The other leads to being let in.

It’s not that we shouldn’t have dreams, but we should acknowledge their difference to goals. Those who are going out and making something of themselves are goal driven. It’s implied in the term. To make something of ourself. To be involved. To make. And that’s the key. Making something. Whatever it is. We’ve got to keep our hands busy and our minds active. Not because it leads to a bigger pay packet or a seat at the big kids table, but because, as Anne Frank wrote, while laziness may be attractive, work gives satisfaction.

As creatives, we must be analytical. We must break our dreams down into goals, and our goals down into tasks. We must work out the steps and then simply begin. And as we go, we must look back to the tasks for guidance because those tasks are our road map. And despite whether the map is wrong or right. It still remains a map. Something to follow so we can take action.

Imagine if every dream was a goal. Imagine how much more we’d have.