This Year, Forget Your Goals and Begin Living the Life You Were Meant to Live!

A goal-driven life can be as damning as it is rewarding — are you putting too much at risk?

Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
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9 min readJan 14, 2024

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For the last few years, every January, I’ve written a new article about the importance of goals. I’ve talked about how to set them, measure them, and make them time-bound. I’ve compared someone without goals to a ship without a destination, or a traveler without a map.

I wrote those articles because I believed in the effectiveness of goals, in the power and logic of deciding what you want from life and concentrating all your resources on achieving it.

And yes, over the last fifty years, I’ve achieved many of the goals I set. I’ve also experienced the disappointment of realizing a particular goal would never be accomplished — because I’d run out of time, and the opportunity no longer existed.

It’s those personal experiences — fifty years of setting goals and pursuing them — that motivated me to look back on my life with a different perspective.

Bottom line . . . this year, I won’t be setting any goals.

I realize such an about-face is tantamount to throwing away one of the basic building blocks of…

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Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
Publishous

Author of “Better Mondays”|Host of Success Point 360 Podcast|Tips & strategies on personal development-work-productivity-careers-life | https://RogerReid.com