I once left a comment on someone’s post about setting goals. I said that “I think that written goals limit us from achieving true greatness.” She challenged me to explain that. So here it is, the post I was asked for.
So a lot of “self-help” writers and coaches, etc tell people to set goals and write them down. I disagree with this behavior and this advice. I find it to be an exercise that limits your true potential.
I know, I sound a little crazy. Everybody “knows” that setting goals is the only way to achieve anything. What if I told you that setting and writing goals only allows you to achieve what you have set out for yourself? What if you are destined to locate the lost city of Atlantis but that ever happens because you chose to focus on your written goal of being an actor?
You should accept the possibility that there are things out there that you are about to achieve that you are unaware of. Follow your heart, not a list you created. When you do what is RIGHT for you then you will be truly great. It doesn’t matter how many lists you write, or what goals you set.
Sometimes the universe just throws things at you, you can’t prepare for these things and you probably would never have even thought to put them on a list of goals. You think I had the goal of being a self-help writer at any point in my life? The answer to that is a resounding NO. I had intended to be a 3D animator. I wanted to do CG and special effects. I still want those things, but life threw THIS at me. Who am I to pretend to know better?
Write down all the lists you want, keep hoping and wanting a better future for yourself and the world. Just be ready for the things that are NOT on your list. You never know when opportunity is gonna kick down your door and say “Hi”.
I’ll end this with a quote from one of my favorite authors.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul