I love goals. I’ve been setting them every year for as long as can remember. I’ve always felt that only by setting goals will you be able to achieve the things that are important to you. Do you want a closer relationship with a family member or a friend? Pen it down as a goal, and identify how you plan on achieving it. Then surround yourself with your goals by writing them on posters, sticking them up all over the house. Setting goals help people to stay focused, driven and motivated. Achieving goals also gives a great sense of accomplishment. I once read that true happiness can be felt only by the achievement of a truly worthy goal. Agree?
This is why the idea of not having goals was so mind blowing to me. Basically the no-goal philosophy states that by not having goals you are freeing yourself up to go where you want to, do what you love and follow the road as it unfolds before you with zero limitations. Not having goals gives us a sense of freedom and liberates us like few other things can. Here’s a few examples why having goals may not alwasy be the best thing:
– Unachieved goals leaves you depressed. How many of the average person’s goals are actually achieved every year? 60%, 50%? And how do you feel when you have failed in your goal? You then reset your goals, set-back the “deadlines” on when you plan to achieve them and start again, an endless cycle. When you achieve a goal you feel amazing, but the continual failure of a goal is the death-blow for most people.
– By setting goals you are choosing your path and are limiting yourself to the endless possibilities that are out there. If you live without goals, you’ll explore new territory. You’ll learn some unexpected things. You’ll end up in surprising places. With goals, even when you are passionate about something else, you have to follow your goals by staying on the path you’ve set for yourself. What if you don’t feel like going to the gym, but would rather spend time with your family, loved one, or friends. Your goal is limiting you to experience something potentially great and beneficial to you.
I’ve only mentioned a few here, but already this is a drastic philosophy for me. Without goals will anything ever get done? How will you know what to do? Just because you don’t have goals doesn’t mean you sit and do nothing each day. It means that you are more flexible and open to do the things that you want to do, at that specific time, on that specific day.
This may not be a philosophy for most of us, but there is something to it that may contain something very valuable, something we all can learn from: Being open to do what you are passionate about and what you love. Being in the moment. Truly savoring the each and every moment of every day. Having an awareness of the world around you, and being open to its beauty.