The Difference Between a Vision and a Goal

Did you know that most of us use the terms ‘vision’ and ‘goals’ interchangeably? Vision and goals are not the same things! Since vision and goals sound like a similar concept, many people have difficulty distinguishing between these two terms.  

In fact, many businesses have big goals without a clear vision. This may lead to a counterproductive state that will impact the business’s performance in the long run. Visions and goals are fundamentally different terms that need equal attention because, without one, the other can’t be achieved. 

Visions are limitless

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to achieve your dreams? Can you visualise owning your dream house, dream car, or your desired lifestyle? There is literally no end to the human imagination. If you know what you want and you consistently envision your dreams, then those dreams of yours are your vision. A vision is an image that you see whenever you think about your future. However, the path to achieving your vision is unknown. This is where goals come into play. 

Let me give you an example. While listening to Panic! At The Disco, I imagined them being the opening band to a Liv.Lit sold-out conference in Europe. This is my vision, but what are the goals that I need to achieve in order for me to fulfil this vision of mine? 

Goals produce results

Visions are unattainable if they are not coupled with goals. You can have various visions for your life that can go on forever, but your visions will never come true if you didn’t substantiate them with goals. It makes sense, doesn’t it? A vision will remain a part of your dreams unless you work for it. 

Let’s go back to the previous example. If I want to make my vision come true: what are the things that I got to set up and do, day in and day out, this year and the following year? What can I do to make the band say ‘yes’ to perform and realise my vision? 

Goals are the benchmarks and the metrics to help create the vision that I have on my mind. It requires hard work and commitment, but at the end of the day, it will take you closer to your vision each time. So, can you differentiate between your vision and your goals?

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