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Did You Dream About a Goal? Here's What It Means

A concept like a goal can be a complex one to give a single meaning for. Because our dreams are like portals into our subconscious mind, and they often include symbolic references to our everyday lives, no single explanation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are three contrasting perspectives on dreams about a goal, seen from three different viewpoints.

Which of these insights explains your dream the best?

What does a goal mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about achieving a goal points to things like your aspirations and ambitions in waking life. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

It reflects your determination and the steps you're willing to take to reach your desired outcome. This dream is a positive sign, indicating progress and personal growth.

Alternatively, dreaming about setting a goal suggests that you are in a phase of planning and preparation. It indicates your need for direction and purpose. It may also reflect feelings of uncertainty or anxiety about the future. The common themes among these possible meanings encourage self-reflection and taking proactive steps towards your dreams and ambitions.

A goal is often a complex and intriguing dream concept to interpret with any certainty. To really know for certain, it's really necessary to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's past and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of achieving a goal may be thought of as a manifestation of the ego's desire for mastery and accomplishment, a reflection of the Freudian concept of the "pleasure principle".

Taking that analysis a bit deeper... It suggests a striving for gratification and fulfillment in the conscious realm. Conversely, dreaming of setting a goal may be a representation of the id's longing for structure and order, echoing Freud's "reality principle". It signifies a subconscious grappling with the chaos of the unconscious, seeking to impose a semblance of control. The common themes among these possible variations, while seemingly different, are intertwined in the complex dance of the psyche's quest for balance between desire and reality, aspiration and pragmatism. They serve as a mirror to our inner struggles and triumphs.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about achieving a goal is a spiritual message from your higher self, indicating that you are aligning with your life's purpose. It's a divine affirmation that you are on the right path and that your efforts are being recognized by the universe. This dream is a beacon of hope, a sign that you are evolving spiritually and moving closer to your true self. Conversely, dreaming about setting a goal is a spiritual nudge, urging you to clarify your intentions and focus your energies. It's a call to action from your soul, reminding you to set a clear vision for your life and to trust in the divine timing. The common themes among these dream variations are spiritual guideposts, helping you navigate your journey towards self-realization and fulfillment.

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So which interpretation of the dream works the best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining a goal best matches your your dream experience?

Only you can know for sure. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a complex thing. Just about any object or action in a dream can represent many different meanings — or result from many different forces in our daily life.

Have a unique explanation for dreams about a goal of your own? Contribute your personal thoughts in the comment area below.

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