Do You Have To Have Goals In Life?
3 months ago
Do goals push you forward or hold you back?
"Goals as a system are a set up for failure," says author Leo Babauta, one of the louder voices of the so-called no-goals movement. "When you don’t feel like doing something, you have to force yourself to do it. Your path is chosen, so you don’t have room to explore new territory. You have to follow the plan, even when you’re passionate about something else."
Even if you don't agree with Babuata, you don't have to equate not having big goals with being a slacker. There are actually communities of people who call themselves slackers but set what they call achievable goals. For instance, self-proclaimed slacker and blogger Willow Brook chronicled how she wanted to lose weight but was too lazy to do so.
"I know what I'm built for and what I can do so I had to be real with myself," she says. So instead of setting lofty expectations like losing a bunch of weight, she simply told herself that she would eat less. Because of that, she wound up losing the weight that she wanted.
"I set short term-goals, more like projects than anything," adds photographer Proph Bundy, 27, of Atlanta.
It is understood that creating small projects for yourself does set better goal-setting habits. Setting up short-term goals throughout the year usually turns into a larger goal being accomplished.
But what if you don't even want to do that much? Can you still live a "productive" life?
"I've never set a goal in my life, and I'm fine with that," says Terrance Persons, 29, a full-time employee for Fulton County, Georgia's tax commissioner's office. "I just do what I'm supposed to do. I work, pay my bills and stay out of trouble. I think I'm doing a lot better off right now than the kids I went to school with that had goals, honestly."
Wonder if they've wound up like that 40-year old Daria was afraid of becoming.