The strategic planner in me says this is not QUITE true. I'd suggest that a dream put to paper is merely a dream, an idea, an imagining. What makes it a goal is an articulation of how you might know your dream has come true, a refinement of the dream, which might be the start of a plan.
I can say my dream is to travel to Africa. I could cop out and say I will know it is true when I travel to Africa, but what lies beneath that statement is actually a desire to hike Mount Kilimanjaro and go on safari. And then, once that goal is articulated that specifically I can start to build a plan to make the dream come true.
I also appreciate that The 5 Book is taking me on a journey, which needs to start with my dreams.
So here goes. What are my dreams?
- To hike Mount Kilimanjaro
- To go on safari
- White water raft down the Grand Canyon
- Grow a giant pumpkin
- Be perceived as an athlete
- Be married
- Be known or admired for my flower garden
- Live in NYC or Paris
- Travel travel travel
- Have work that is satisfying but does not suck the life blood out of me
- Be the best aunt I can be.
At least, these are the dreams I have this morning. (Which are pretty consistent with the dreams I've articulated for a majority of my adult life.)
What is interesting here is that I started this process because of a desire to find the "right work." What I see in this list is a desire to have the right work so I can realize my dreams. I am hoping The 5 Book helps me explore this a little more.
What are your dreams? Be bold, be specific, be honest. I'm curious to hear them.