But is it helping?

2019-12-25

If you don’t have goals, goal-oriented people ask, how can you possibly know that you’re working on the right thing?

Granted. But if I may counter, if you do have goals, how can you possibly know that you’re working on the right thing?

Predicting the future is awfully dicey. That’s true no matter how hard you try.

Goals have a role to play, but most of the time you should just be doing things that make you happy, things that you can do sustainably, things that add value to the lives of the people around you or the world at large. Focus too hard on goals and you’ll pick up other people’s goals, other people’s standards of success. Which may be what they wanted in the first place, when they were trying to convince you that goals are important.

If goals don’t help, don’t bother with them. There are other roads.