“A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” Leopold Stokowski

I say goal getters paint their pictures on dreams.

Yes dreams.

After all a goal comes from a dream.  Without the dream there is no goal, and no, it’s not a chicken or egg scenario – the dream or vision comes first.

SO what exactly do I mean by this?  I’ll boil it down into 3 parts and yes, I’ll continue with the painting & the musical analogies (I do love a good analogy – don’t you?).


The dreams you have for your life or business are just like the vision an artist has in their head, or a musician has humming around inside.  It’s the idea of something to be completed.  A story if left untold will eat away at you.  I believe it’s your job in life to see these dreams to fruition.

Nobody wants to die with dreams left inside.  I know chances are we probably all do die with some left unformed – but what a waste of a life, if you don’t develop any or most of them!

So what do you do with that dream? You explore it, you expand on it, you chunk it down – you do everything you can to make it happen.  You take massive action towards it…..every-single-day.

For the creatives the outline on the canvas or the notes on the scorepad would be the next step.  So what’s the Goal Getters?  This is where you nut out the big steps needed to get you to that end result.  The big marks on the map to your destination.  When doing this with goals, I would suggest 3-5 of these markers.

Then you get to the actual goals, or in the case of the creatives it would be the colour & texture on the canvas and the lyrics & instrumentation of the music.  For this step there may be many bite size goals, or a few bigger ones – again dependant on the dream.  I would stress though, no more than 3 -5 goals at a time.  Your brain & heart simply can’t cope with anymore at once.  Apart from anything else, it’s a time management nightmare….arghghg.  Trust me, I’ve stuffed this one up many a time.

It’s in the goals that the magic happens.  With each success your confidence is built and the path to your dreams becomes clearer and more meaningful.  Sure there will be setbacks (don’t ever kid yourself that there won’t be), but those setbacks actually build your goal getting muscles.  With each one you get stronger and more willing to do what it takes to achieve what you want.  These setbacks also test your dream – if the setback knocks you way off course, chances are, that dream is not the one you should currently be going for.

This random dream popped into my head, so we’ll go with it as an example. Crazy given it’s never actually been anywhere in my written dreams.

Big Dream

To be living in Paris speaking French or Vivre à Paris et parler français

Yes, I did have to Google that.


Speak French

Set up current business to be run from anywhere

Sell / rent our home and find a Parisian base

Nuts and bolts (schooling, visas, shipping)



Remember I do believe goals need to be SMART

It’s the 31st December 2020 and I feel très fabuleux that I speak fluent French.

You get the gist.

What I love about looking at Going For Goal’d in this way, is that the overarching dreams often have no deadline.  Some things need time to happen.  They can’t be forced.

What’s a dream in your heart that you are desperate to get onto a canvas?