I’ve set many goals in my life. I’ve set small goals, big goals, S.M.A.R.T. goals, short- and long-term goals, and every type of goal in between. Along the way, I’ve noticed some defects in the almighty goal-setting process. Having a general idea of where you want to go is important. However, trying to guess how long it’s going to take you and what that place is going to look like once you get there is wishful thinking at best.
The whole goal-setting process is unreliable and confuses people about the true purpose of accomplishments. It’s not the goal that’s important; it’s the person you become while trying to achieve that goal. Here is how to accomplish things without ever setting goals:
1. Make a to-do list.
Goal-setting lacks immediate action, which is the fuel of success. Making a step-by-step list will put you into motion instantly. It will give you a clear path of how to go from point A to point B. The more you cross off, the more momentum you will build and the easier it’ll be to complete your list.
The to-do-list is really a setup for habit building. Once you’ve completed your list, you should be left with a habit or set of habits that, if done consistently, will lead to success. Build these habits until they become automatic, and success will be inevitable. So let’s say you want to become an in-shape, healthy person. Here’s an example of a list that you could make to kick-start your journey: