At one time or another, we have each had dreams about how we really want our life to be.

Maybe we were a kid when we had our first dreams about conquering the world. Or maybe we didn’t have our first dreams of lofty achievements until we were well into our 30’s. Either way, a dream for most of us remains just that—a dream.

So what’s the difference between achieving goals and spending your whole life just dreaming about achieving them?

The difference always lies in the level of desire.

Achieving goals has nothing to do with where you’ve come from or where you currently are; it has to do with how badly you want it. If you want it bad enough and make the choice to do whatever it takes to get where you want to be, goals will be achieved. That doesn’t always mean it’s easy to get there, but it’s only as difficult as we allow it to be.

Most of us believe achieving our goals is impossible because we just don’t want it bad enough. Our desire doesn’t outweigh our complacency. We take the path of least resistance, which often is to stay where we are. We decide it will be more difficult to make the changes needed to achieve our goals than it will be to find a way to be happy with what we currently have.

This is what happens when there is a low-level of desire—everything seems impossible.

However, with a high-level of desire, the steps that must be taken in order to achieve goals simply become a series of choices. There are no struggles or challenges, just choices.

It’s easy to let go of the things that are holding you back when the level of desire is stronger than the complacency to stay stuck where you are. The moment the decision is made to let go of the things that are holding you back from achieving your goals, the journey becomes much easier.

Try this exercise…

Think about something you really want. Maybe you want a better job, improved health or a million dollars in the bank. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you really want.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine living in the moment of your achievements. How do you feel? Excited? Happy? Grateful? Can you imagine yourself surrounded by friends, family and loved ones as they cheer you on?

Picture yourself getting pats on the back, big hugs and handshakes from people you love… feels good, doesn’t it?

Know that anything is possible and you have the power to create whatever you desire. It comes down to deciding what you want, identifying what it takes to get there and the dedication to make it happen no matter what.

Make a list of dreams you want to achieve. Then make the choice to keep going until you make them a reality.

Achieving goals is not dependent on age, culture, geographic locations or background—they are only dependent on your level of desire.

—Marcus Hochstadt

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17 Responses to Dreaming vs. Achieving Goals

  1. Tim says:

    Great post Marcus, thanks for the shot of inspiration :)

  2. Wakish says:

    Hey there..
    That’s a nice informatative article..

    Keep it up!
    – Wakish –

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  3. LeisaWatkins says:

    Amen. Amen. Amen. Did I say I agree.

    I couldn’t agree more. I spent the weekend with one of my mentors. He had us visualize what we wanted our existence to be like. We imagined what it would feel like, what we would see, what we would hear, what the textures were, and what we would taste. Then he had us mega-size it.

    Mega-size your dreams. Mega size your dreams and even if fall a little short you’ll still have achieved your dreams.

  4. Thank you, Tim, Wakish, and Leisa.

    And Leisa, I like the term “mega-size your dreams”! :-)

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  14. Alex Work says:

    Great post!

    In my experiences consulting the difference between those who dream about success and those who get after it lies in action.

    The dreamer likes the idea of success, enjoys daydreaming about it. But doesn’t like to idea of having to act towards it. It’s too much work. They see the overall goal, and are overwhelmed by what it will take to get them there.

    The successful are those who take this dream, list it out on paper, and start acting on it, doing whatever necessary to make it reality. They deal with the daunting nature of this huge goal by breaking it down into smaller, realistic steps and acting towards them.

    Alex Work
    YourGoalSetting.com

  15. Nadine says:

    Believing is the key to success. Our brain is compared to a computer CPU. Whatever you programmed to your mind, you’ll achieve it as your body reacts to it. Imagine this, you really want to become successful, your body is telling you not to give up and it tells you to work harder and smarter instead. Mindset, focus, feel the energy, execute plans, and achieve your goal.

  16. Nadine says:

    Hi folks, anybody here knows about the law of attraction? I keep on receiving emails from “The Secret” and as for the preview of it, its like you can get what you want as long as you focus on getting it. Great encouragement though. Positive thinking, they say always throw all the negative thoughts, then expect good things will be coming your way.

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    Passion is what is actually required to make your dreams come true. And this has been clearly pointed out in this article. Excellent words to boost up an individual!

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