Dreaming is for Chumps

Despite repeated messages from Disney cartoons, dreaming alone gets you nowhere.  You must actually do something for your dreams to come true.

These points may be obvious, but it is worth sharing. All are backed by studies by Edwin Locke.

 goal setting infographic

To move from dreaming to doing, you need to set a concrete and actionable goal. By just taking that one step, you get the following benefits:

  1. Success: Setting a specific goal provides motivation, which makes you more likely to achieve your goal.
  2. Skills: Pursuing goals promotes the learning and perfecting of a variety of skills. Some of these skills include how to achieve a goal, which is necessary for repeatable success in the future.
  3. Happiness: Pursuing a goal you find important and meaningful makes you feel happy and satisfied. Even if you are unsatisfied at work and you pursue a personal goal, your satisfaction and happiness will spill over to your job as well.
  4. Teamwork: Having a shared vision or goal bonds a team. It promotes cooperation and shared learning between team members.
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