I wonder what happens if we set goals that are more performance- or behavior-oriented, rather than achievement-oriented? Most of our personal development strategies stress achievements as a way of measuring success, which I think can be extremely self-destructive, even if highly “productive” in the short term.
For example, I could set a goal of “be a better writer” (however I decide to define that) instead of “make $100K annually.” Writing is something I am interested in, and pursuing this interestingness will likely lead me to the 100K, but via a more fulfilling and authentic path.
Many of the successful entrepreneurs I know started with a goal like, “help people do [a thing that is important to them].” They didn’t start with a goal of, “I want to run a big company,” or “I want to make millions of dollars.”
Another thing about non-achievement goals is that they can never be truly completed, so you don’t experience the same let-down and end up chasing limitless goals that never make you happy.