For many people, achieving a goal is some vague, far-off event in the nebulous future. It is just something that will eventually happen, like losing a tooth or growing old. But the truth is, goals only happen if you make them happen. The best way to make your dreams a reality is to create a plan. A good plan enables you to clearly identify and quantify your goals, and then calculate exactly what needs to be done in order to achieve them. That way, as each day goes by, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are doing what is necessary to make progress.