I adore Peter Bregman’s very real blog posts about life and business. So I was intrigued by his proposition: Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013.
While he proposes setting “areas of focus,” what I really think he means is, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t achieve the goals you set out. Only about a decade ago did I start setting goals. My life wouldn’t be where it is without.
On a daily basis I write intentions for what I want to do and what I want the day to be like, including my mood. Often I jot down intentions for meetings or how I’d like to experience a party, to get me in a certain mindset.
I know many people for whom years pass while they say they have a goal, without an end date or plan to achieve the goal, who end up missing out on opportunities, lots of cash, and freeing up their lives for other pursuits.
Maybe it’s an A.D.D. thing but I like to have a goal to leave the house by 6:30am and a plan for how I’m going to do that. To do so might entail skipping food or taking a shower the night before. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I feel good for accomplishing my goal.
Some people can’t live without goals
I’m a relentless idea person. Ideas can drown me as can muti-tasking. Goals focus me. They help me prioritize what’s important. They help me get things done.
That isn’t to say 80% of my life isn’t open to adventure, synchronicity and unplanned opportunities. My life is all about those 3 magical things.
But goals cancel out the swirl. Goals stop me from doing things like writing a blog post in the middle of my work day (oops, I didn’t achieve my goal not to goof off — but I reprioritized and felt a goal to respond ot that article was more important than focus.)
Goals are good, as long as you know when they’re needed and when to break them. Most importantly, you can’t beat yourself up for not achieving them.
Without goals you might not live a life you’ll want to look back on!