Stress Relief Tool – Turn Your Dream Into A Goal

As you gain momentum with this technique you will be that much closer to turning your dream into a reality.

We all have dreams, and not just the ones that we have during our sleep. We imagine ourselves traveling, having a loving relationship, a great job, a cool car, a home to call our own, financial freedom, and many more. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just a dream unless we turn the dream into a goal.

Goals are dreams with deadlines. The human mind won’t move in the direction of a generality; it will move when it has something specific to aim at. Give your dream a deadline, and you will see movement. The more movement you experience, the more success you will have.1 And as your dreams become reality, your stress becomes a thing of the past.

You can start with the big-picture dream with its deadline, and then work backward by thinking of the small steps you can take to get you to your final destination.

For example, let’s say you are dreaming about a new car. Write down the make, model, and color of the car you want, along with the month and year that you want to buy that car. Now list out the key things you need to do in order to reach your goal. It could be saving extra money per month for the down payment, doing online research on the options available, and taking the car for a test drive. Whatever those milestones are, put a deadline on each of these to keep your momentum. You might even consider asking a friend to check regularly on your progress to keep you moving forward.

To help solidify the description of your big-picture goal (dream), consider structuring it as a S.M.A.R.T. goal:2

  • Specific: What exactly you want to accomplish.
  • Measurable: How you will know when it is accomplished. What proof will you use?
  • Achievable: How realistic your goal is given your resources. Make sure it is something you can control.
  • Relevant: Why is it worth doing it at this time and the impact you expect.
  • Time-Bound: What are the milestone deadlines for achieving your goal?

As you gain momentum you will be that much closer to turning your dream into a reality while building your confidence and reducing your stress along the way.

  1. Urban, H. – Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter
  2. Copeland, B. – SMART Goals – How to Make Your Goals Achievable

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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