It’s not enough to want things.

I have a list of things I want.  I want to run a marathon.  I want people to listen to me.  I want to be a writer.  I want to make a difference in the world.

Well, neat.  What do those things even mean?  It’s not enough just to want something, you have to do things to make those dreams come true. Have you ever heard that cute little saying, “a goal is just a dream with a deadline”?  It’s true.  You can dream and dream and dream but until you start making plans regarding those dreams they are just fluffy little clouds of expectation.

Some of the things I want are easier to make plans around than others.  For example, I want to run a marathon.  Here’s the plan: I am going to run the Eugene Marathon this coming May.  I have a training plan which will start on December 28.  I have a plan for that weekend.  I just don’t know what I’m going to wear yet.  That will come.  There.  My dream has a deadline.

So, what are your dreams?  How can you turn them in to goals?