Dictionary.com defines the word GOAL as: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
It also defines the word DREAM as: an aspiration; goal; aim
I looked up these definitions because I wonder what the difference between the two words are really and are they really just linked together??
Don’t we dream about our goals??
Isn’t that how goals start out anyways…as dreams.
I know that's how mine started. I know the exact day…December 3rd 2009.
That was the day I emailed my best friend Kimberly and told her that I was going to sign up for the Philadelphia Rock & Roll Marathon. Of course, I also had to ask her if I was absolutely fucking nuts. At that point in time I only ran what…two 5-K races??
And here I am today…September 6th 2010. Only 12 days away from the 1/2 marathon. The hotel is booked and I just made the reservations at the Union Trust Steakhouse. I almost started to cry as I hit the ‘confirm reservation’ button. I can’t believe this is really happening.
The reason for this post is not to bore you guys yet again with more talk about me running a 1/2 marathon but as to remind you all of this…
Dreams do not become goals overnight.
To get to your goals takes a lot of work, and a lot of dreaming. You cant just dream about being a size 8 one day and expect to wake the next morning at that desired size. You have to set the goal of fitting into that size 8 then begin on walking the steps across that bridge to reach THE GOAL.
I started Weight Watchers in September of 2008. As of today I am 6.4 away from hitting MY GOAL weight. I’ve had a lot of broken planks on my bridge. In January of 2009 I took a hiatus from Weight Watchers until about the end of May beginning of June but you know what…I never lost sight of my goal. Even though I wasn’t in the plan, I knew I was going to get back there, and I did and I came back even stronger! From June of last year up until now is when I have gotten the most weight off and have come even closer to my goal.
I dreamed up the goal of running a 1/2 marathon in December of last year, and while there have been plenty of other 1/2’s that were closer in time, I knew that this one was the right one for me. So everyday I’ve been dreaming of getting closer and closer to my goal…and here it is approaching.
Be patient. Never stop dreaming. Never stop dreaming of having goals.
Edit: I am editing this after I posted it because I just wanted to add that I dont only means about dreaming up goals of weight loss and fitness, but in everything you do. Do what ever little things you can in life to turn your dreams into a goal. Two years ago I really wanted to start living a "greener" life and I wanted to make whatever changes I could to our Townhouse. Now we rent this little abode through a complex of sorts so there is only so much we can do, but....I did what I COULD do! I bought all CFL light bulbs and changed all the fixtures in the house. I picked up recycling bins from our local town department. I've purchased about a gazzilion reusable bags (Frankie just LOVES this ;) and I've made the switch over to earth friendly cleaning products (where I could). Just doing those small steps helped me to feel like I met my goal. Sure, I dont have a compost and I dont have solar panels...but I took what ever steps I could to making the dream I had an attainable goal. It takes time and steps. Sometimes lots of time and very often, MANY steps. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and before you know it, all you have is just one more step.
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