Having goals isn't the same thing as working towards them. Many of us have things we'd like to accomplish that just sit in the back of our mind. But if you never get out of your head and into the workshop, those goals will never go anywhere.
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As British songwriter and former Oasis kingpin Noel Gallagher explains to Rolling Stone, coming up with the next hit song doesn't happen without a guitar in his hands. Similarly, you're never going to create a killer app without touching code, or get a new job without filling out applications. Goals are things you work towards. The keyword there being "work":
It's like going fishing. The guitar is your fishing rod, and if I'm not fishing for that song, fucking Bono will get it, and if he's not, Chris Martin will. And fuck those two guys, because they have got enough. We're all fishing in the same river, and it's cutthroat, baby.
We don't all have cool things like guitars to work on, but for most of us, our goals have tangible, real tools we need to get somewhere. If you're not at your desk, in your garage, on the road, or wherever it is you need to be to work towards your goals, then you're not really getting work done on them. Goals that you're not working towards are wishes.
Noel Gallagher on Loving 'Seinfeld,' Hating Most Everything Else [Rolling Stone via 99u]