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Don't Set Goals
I am often asked if I engage in the practice of goal setting. I usually answer that I don�t. I have tried that in the past and it didn�t work for me.
It recently became clear to me that I do set goals, but there is a difference between what most who teach �goal setting� tell you to do and what I have found that works.
Let�s cover what I found doesn�t work. Here is an example of what absolutely doesn�t work for me:
�I am going to lose 20 pounds by December 1st.�
That�s the standard way many folks teach to set goals. Why doesn�t that work for me? There are a lot of reasons:
1. It puts the goal �out there�� it sets me up for procrastination. I don�t worry about it until right before December 1st.
2. If I lost 15 pounds, I feel like a failure. Even though I lost 15 pounds (which should be great), I didn�t meet my goal, so I failed. It discourages me from setting more goals.
3. If I lost 25 pounds, I feel like rewarding myself for doing really well� perhaps by going out to eat. It also sets me up for failure next time I set a goal. My mind remembers when I overshot my goal and how easy it was, so I don�t try as hard the next time.
So what can we do instead. There are no time limits for any �goal� in my notebook. There is also no pressure. It is simply a list of things that I want to be� only it is listed in present tense. The way the above would be written in my notebook is:
�I am thin, healthy and attractive.�
It doesn�t have to happen by December 1st. There is no way for me to fail. That is what I want. It is what I�m going to get. By writing it down, I start my mind to working towards that goal. I also believe it notifies God (the universe, your higher power, your higher self, whatever you believe� it doesn�t matter for this purpose) of my desires and He helps deliver them. It takes some of the arrogance out of the equation (that belief that I can do it myself) and at the same time takes away the self-beating (what happens when you don�t meet a goal).
In the end, it frees me to give my everything to that goal without reservation. I run as fast as I can� and then I rest. I live life as hard and fast and as passionately as I can� and then I rest just as hard and passionately. There is no �reckoning� day� there is only living.
I find this method a lot more productive than the standard �goal setting� methodology. I encourage you to give it a try.
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