What is the Difference Between Dreams, Wishes, and Goals?

by Joyce Dunaway @DunawayJoyce

A dream is a strongly desired goal or purpose.

For example: Your dream might be to become a published author. Is this attainable? Yes. How? By persistent effort and determination.

A wish is a desire for something unattainable.

For example: You might wish you were taller. Is this attainable? No. Because no matter how much effort you exert, you will not gain height.

A goal is the end toward which effort is directed.

Setting goals helps us accomplish our dream step by step. For example: If your goal is to read a 500 page writing craft book in ten days, you would need to read fifty pages a day.

Fulfilling a dream could be accomplished in a short amount of time or it might take years.

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Here are a few examples of How to Fulfill a dream:

  • Becoming a published author usually takes years of hard work including studying the craft, writing your manuscript, editing the material, and networking with other authors, agents, and editors.
  • Losing weight is not an overnight success. It takes a combination of exercise and dietary changes. The timeline would depend on how much weight you want to lose.
  • Getting a college degree takes years of attending classes and studying if you are a full time student, the achievement would take less time than someone who only takes one or two classes a year.

What would be the first step you need to take toward fulfilling your dream? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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