The whole band are marching together with magnificent style and timing, apart from this one boy who’s the only one marching out of step. His mother, beaming with pride, proceeds to tell everyone she knows how he was the only one in the whole band who was marching in step.
That’s kind of how I’ve felt ever since I trained as a coach back in 2002. That training was focused on using goals in order to drive personal development and personal change, and even back then something wasn’t sitting right.
It was around 3 years later that I dumped that goal-setting approach and discovered a better way of changing things; a way that actually worked.
I’ve been vocal right here on the blog about how I don’t think goals are all they’re cracked up to be and how they bring along more problems than they solve. And I thought I was the only one, until Leo Babauta extolled the exact same philosophy during the World Domination Summit.
So here are 5 posts from the archives that tell you exactly why I take issue with traditional goal-setting and what I suggest instead.
- Having Goals Doesn’t Work and the Swedish Know It
- Feeling Blue – Is ‘Living Up to Your Potential’ BS?
- Goal Setting (is) for Dummies
- How to Know Where You Want to Go, and How to Get There With Confidence
- The No-Goal Guide to an Extraordinary 2011
How about you – can you picture your life without goals? Or do you disagree with me and think that goals are the only way to make real progress?