If you have always set goals and achieved them with any level of success, I think this article may also be for you.
For the majority of my career, and I guess my life, I have been a goal setter. I have thought about them. I have written them down. I have shared them. I have obsessed over them. I have achieved them. I have failed them. And more importantly, they have failed me.
In recent years I have completely changed my philosophy around goals. In fact, I have abandoned them (almost) completely, and have adopted the following philosophy:
“Forget goals…move instead in the direction you are organically led.”
So, what precipitated the development of this new philosophy for me?
It was simple! I had found myself being offered some pretty cool opportunities. Many of those were not even on my RADAR, because perhaps, I had been too focused on “my goals.” The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my goals were obscuring opportunity. They were taking my career and neatly organizing it into little boxes labeled: “Goals.” Yuck!
Meanwhile, various opportunities were jumping up and down, waving their arms at me, holding up signs, and trying to get my attention. And it worked! Before I knew it, they had fully distracted me from my goals, but in the best way possible. They had begun to lead me in a different direction…a much better direction.
I could feel myself slipping away from the corporate world and following my need to be creative and my overwhelming need to write.
People often joke and say that I follow the beat of my own drummer, quite literally! And it’s true. I only want to wake up every morning and follow my own agenda, on my terms, and do things in my own way.
I have spent my life as an amateur writer, but when I became a professional writer almost two years ago, I began to see things very differently. The lens from which I viewed the world started changing colors. There was no longer just black or white or shades of grey, but vibrant colors, full of possibilities.
And I followed these brightly colored possibilities, and I let them organically lead me in the direction that I am aparently meant to go.
I don’t have a business plan. I don’t have a marketing plan. And I definitely do not plan on setting goals.
I only plan to keep writing, and see what new doors are opened…