How do you want to Liv? When you achieve success, what does it look like? Clearly understanding your why can help you establish your plan to reach your goals and subsequently reach your dreams.

Always dream big, but make sure your goals are just as big.

Dreams are your ultimate destination, while goals are the intermediate stops along the way. Dreams represent what you want and why, while goals represent your plan to get you there.

Goals and dreams complement each other. If you only have dreams without any goals to support them, you can easily feel overwhelmed by the enormity of your dream. The shorter-term goals provide achievable intermediate targets that serve as stepping stones toward your dream.

If you only have goals but no dreams, you can easily fall into the trap of focusing so much on the steps that you lose sight of your destination. You run the risk of forgetting “why” you are pursuing these goals in the first place. Short-term goals are not terribly motivating by themselves either; their power comes from their connection to a big inspiring dream.

Without the dream, you can accomplish goal after goal and not really make any progress. If you focus only on moving from one step to the next and never look up at your destination, you may not notice you are walking around in circles.

Dreams can be big and seem unrealistic at first glance. They also don’t have to be as focused or specific as goals. Some dreams could look five to ten years into your future; others could even span your entire lifetime.

When you focus only on the next steps, you might also fail to notice wonderful opportunities that would allow you to leapfrog several steps ahead.

Dreams allow you to be on the lookout for these golden opportunities that may not be in line with your current goals, but that are strongly aligned with your dream.