To set Goals or not to set Goals, this is the Question


A great question and one in which I admit to bias… me being a Life Coach and proclaiming myself as a “Goal Achievement Specialist”.

However, it is fair to say that Goal setting is not for everyone.

People react differently & have different needs. Some (or many) thrive on having challenges, want to achieve more & goal setting provides the ideal vehicle with which to do this.

There are others, well, who are simply happy to drift along “hoping” for the best… though this “hoping” thing is not recommended as a stand-a-lone strategy.

Then there are some who will “drift”, “flow”, “meander” or similar but with some purpose and direction.

Now on this. Beware, “Drifting” may seem a very relaxed way of life however you can only ‘drift so far from the shore’. Without goals or direction (or purpose) you may be at the mercy of the elements.

Which leads me to another point. ‘Direction’ or as I sometimes call it… ‘intentional meandering’, with a sprinkle of purpose

Is it possible to have no specific goals… however have a definite direction for your life and still live the life that you aspire to?… let’s have a closer look at this.

You see, some people see setting goals as setting you up for disappointment. I don’t see it that way but some do. I believe setting goals correctly will help you achieve what you want. Incorrect goal setting methods will likely do the opposite and you will be dissappointed.

However I am also of the belief that having ‘direction’ /intentional meandering’ is also of great benefit, for the right people and for the right reasons – if you have your personal compass set to where you want to go and always keep your compass bearing (your purpose & direction) in mind, setting specific goals may only be a distraction to you.

This I suggest will work well for those who show great discipline.

However I believe for most, regular effective Goal Setting will deliver the achievement of meaningful goals and a meaningful life with the added flexibility of establishing as many , or few of them as you desire.

You can then keep a close eye on your progress/journey through life and make the necessary adjustments along the way.

What do you think?…..Are you a Goal Setter or a Purposeful Meanderer?

Be good to yourselves

David

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22 thoughts on “To set Goals or not to set Goals, this is the Question

  1. I guess I fall somewhere in between but maybe lean toward liking goal setting. Although I keep long-term goals in mind, I would rather leave the future open for changes in opportunities. Short-term goal setting, on the other hand, I find helpful. When I say short-term, I mean the day to day scheduling and accomplishments.

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  3. I used to be a meanderer, now I am most definitely a goal setter. The key for me and others I would guess, is not to get attached to the outcomes. Sometimes striving for one goal opens our eyes to another, much more desirable one. Let’s remain flexible without allowing that to be an excuse for giving up. Nice post, I know from reading your blog for a while that your clients are in safe hands. 🙂

  4. I have moved away from goal setting. I might take it up again, but at this time in my life, I feel the need to be still and listen and respond, rather than setting out on a pre-decided path. Just a different way for now.

  5. Hi David,

    Excellent post my friend. I’m of course for setting goals. Setting goals help us to stay focused on the big picture which is our main super objective in life, the vision. Thanks for sharing David

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