It frustrates me to no end that we’re never taught how to set goals right in school. Sure, I can tell you the chemical formula for table salt, but I couldn’t plan my best year ever in a way that breeds success.
Our culture does a great job of impressing upon us the importance of achievement and goal setting. We get an A for that.
But most of our goals are just… flat.
- I’m going to complete a triathlon
- I’m going to lose weight
- I’m going to read my Bible every day
We’re never taught the art of goal setting that helps us craft a life we’re excited to live. We’re never let in on the process to doing this right.
No Goals Philosophy
In fact, most of us have given up on the whole pursuit. These things aren’t really getting us where we want to go. We’re not happy. So let’s just quit doing it!
I listened to a fascinating interview recently on Adam Baker’s Man vs Debt Podcast where Leo Babauta shared his “no goals” philosophy. Leo and Adam are fighting the same battle you are. Goals aren’t getting them exactly where they want to go.
They’re boxing them in.
They’re forcing them into things they don’t really even want to do.
So they’re throwing them out. No goals.
I completely understand where they’re coming from. I’ve been there myself. But that’s throwing the baby out with the bath water in my opinion (first time I’ve ever used that sang in my life).
What’s really missing here is the right process to plan your year in a way that really sets you up for success. Not too much planning. Not too little planning. But the right planning.
I started studying this years ago because, as I mentioned, I’d given up on the goals things myself.
Even though I wasn’t having much luck in the achievement department, I still believed it was the difference maker between those who are massively successful and the rest of us.
And as fired up as I get about achieving big things, I’m equally bummed out when I see people not giving themselves the best chance to succeed by setting mediocre goals.
This is the year I decided to do something about it!