By Grant Garrison
The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it achieves. The value of a goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process.
Over the years, many young golfers have come to me with the goal of being the next professional golf star. I always smile and encourage them knowing the statistical chances would be utterly crushing to them. When things don’t progress as planned, I often hear friends and family encouraging them to set more realistic goals. What I witness is a crushed spirit with a learned cynical view of the complexities of goal setting. The result is that the child stops thinking big and stops dreaming.
I have been asking myself this question for some time. What is the difference between a goal and a dream? I would like to suggest to you that the answer is nothing. Therefore, I am changing the over popularized and boring term of ‘Goal Setting’ to the new and exciting term ‘Dream Setting.’
A dream that you are excited about is healthy despite how realistic or achievable it might be, the mere thought can motivate you back into the gym, start a new business, or go back to college. A dream stimulates personal growth and can possess the same magical feeling you had as a child when you thought you could be anything you wanted. A dream compels us to learn new skills, face challenges, deal with obstacles, and to take risks. Dream setting makes life more fun and gets us excites about using our gifts and talents to become the person God meant us to be.
As I look back over my golf career, some goals were achieved and some were not but the disappointments never affected my dreams. At 51 years old, I feel the best is yet to come. My dream of winning the British Open seems to have gotten by me. However, the Senior British Open may still be within my reach, this just might become a new dream that compels me to action.
It’s never really been about having realistic, practical, and achievable goals; it’s about setting dreams that compel you to push beyond your own limitations. Living your dream is a journey that we should never stop pursuing at any age.
To truly live, is to become a Dream Setter.