There are a lot of people who get confused between a goal and a dream.  The thing with a dream is that it is more of an abstract idea that is up in the clouds, while a goal is more rooted in reality.  The problem with using these two terms interchangeably is that some people tend to think that their dream can be a goal as well, with the result that the goal ends up not getting achieved because it was treated like a dream.

What people need to realize is that a dream can actually be a goal, but the treatment of these two concepts should not be the same.  The romantic notions in achieving one’s dreams cannot be applied to the realistic notions in achieving one’s business goals online.  This means that as with all romances, a dream that does not become reality may be fated or may be fine, but an unrealized goal is because there was no real work done and is therefore a real, tangible failure.     

Setting business goals should be more short-term and should be achievable in a shorter period of time, which in the long run, may lead to the realization of long-term aspirations, or as most people call it, dreams.  Thus, a goal needs to involve factors that are under the control of the goal setter.  These factors include the amount of time and effort put into a project which will lead to the realization of the online business goal.  Focusing on one’s condition and capabilities is essential to making a goal attainable.

Goals, even the most achievable ones, are usually still lofty, but they can be divided into certain steps that get closer and closer until the big picture is realized.  For example, a catering business aims to sell 10,000 cupcakes in a month.  For that goal, milestones can be set for every 1,000 cupcakes sold.  Every time a milestone goal is achieved, the goal setter gets more motivated and determined to inch closer to the ultimate goal, and he or she is kept on track as well.

Lastly, for every goal, there has to be a plan or a strategy in place.  Online business goals, as said earlier, are something lofty, and unless concrete steps are set up to get the goal setter on the road to achieving them, they will remain lofty.  These steps to achieving business goals are cemented by having plans and executing them properly.  Of course, these plans need to be carefully set up to always be in sync with the goal for success to be achieved.

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