Myth: Journey Without a Goal

Goals are stressful because they require failure, patience, persistence, and willingness to learn and perfect.

Goals also get a bad rap.  They can corrupt, leading to cheating and lying.  

But there’s a right way and a wrong way to chase goals.  The right way is to set a goal that gets you started and propels you into action.  When pursued honestly, the process of chasing goals can dramatically improve lives.  

The wrong way to approach a goal is to look at it as an absolute must-have.  People that die to attain exactly what they want are blind to even better opportunities along the way.  

The enlightened also know that past results don’t guarantee future returns. 

Real goal getters refuse to take shortcuts.  They want to master the fundamentals so that they always have something to fall back on even when they reach the top.  The basics don’t change. 

Living goalless is non-sense, especially if you don’t already have what you want in life.  

You must choose between the stress of uncertainty and capitulation or the stress of goal setting and real work.  

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.