Some excellent food for thought here:
Cath Duncan published an article on her blog yesterday that targeted something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I suggest you check it out: Is Traditional Goal-Setting Broken? She speaks to the issues I’ve been wrestling with myself. It is a nice background to this article.
Let’s cut right to the chase. While you are working toward that distant goal, what about right now? I touched on this in my article Redefining Our Ultimate Goals. I’m a strong believer in goals, but at some level traditional goal setting seems to conflict with living in the present, being happy now, and a lot of other things I and others talk about. Should you sacrifice yourself now for some future goal? Maybe, but then again maybe it won’t be worth it when you get there. What happens then? What happens in the meantime?
Read the complete article here: A Values-Based Approach to Goals.