On Goals: Birthing Dreams

“A goal is a dream with a deadline”- Belinda Lane

2011.  A new year.  I’ve made resolutions in the past, things I wanted to start doing or stop doing as the new year dawned.  Unfortunately, they didn’t stick and the beat-myself-up-because-I-feel-guilty session would begin.  Wash, rinse, repeat on the next New Year’s Day.

So this year, I’m going to make goals.  I hate making goals, you don’t know how much I hate it.  But in order for my dreams to become a reality and not stay dreams, I have to get over myself so I can get on with myself and make goals.

We can make our dreams a reality, but it takes a bit of time and work on our part.  To sit, think and write down goals.  To map and plan out our year, so we can live our dreams.

That thing that keeps us up at night.  That idea we daydream about constantly.  Those dreams that if we told some people about, they would criticize us and tell us how we “should” live in the real world.  (I encourage you, absolutely go make those dreams a reality, please, the world needs more people like you who make the critics mad.)

We all have something inside of us that is waiting to burst free.  Something that the world is desperately waiting for, waiting for you.

From what I’ve been told, child birth is a hard and painful process.  However, I’ve also heard after all the hard work, pain, blood, sweat, and tears, holding your baby in your arms is a feeling  incomprehensible.  All the effort and pain is washed away with a joy of a beautiful baby and what it all means.

I believe the same is true for our dreams.  If we work hard, persevere through the difficult times, quiet the noise of the critics, shed the expectations from others, push and press on, what would happen?

What would it look like when our dreams become real?  What would it feel like to hold our dreams in our arms and embrace our new reality.

Our lives can dictate our circumstances, not the other way around.  We can do it, you and I can do this. You will benefit from what you have to offer the world.  Other people will benefit from what we have to offer.  Yes you, whoever you are reading this, you have so much to give.  Come, let’s go make goals and birth our dreams into the world.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson


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