Is Goal a Verb?

One of my very favorite movies is Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts. In the opening and closing scenes there is a crazy guy walking down the street yelling, “Everybody’s got a dream. What’s your dream, baby?”

Pretty Woman is a modern-day Cinderella-style story. Julia’s character, for the most part, “falls into” the fairy tale ending. What luck. She really didn’t have a plan. And while she had some sense of a moral compass, her career choice seemed to dilute its nobility.

Hey. Wake up. Dreams are for sleeping. Goals are for winning.

In the real world, dreams don’t come to reality without hard work and a plan. Do you have a goal for yourself? For your family? For your career? A goal without a plan is just a dream.

Write down your goals. List a first step to achieve that goal. Then add another. Hold yourself accountable, with tangible results and deadlines. Give yourself a real punishment if you don’t accomplish your goal. Punishments such as no chocolate for a year, donations to organizations you dislike, no more shoe shopping–they seem to have profound effects on the bottom-line results of your success.

Draw out your path. It is the ONLY WAY to arrive where you want to go.