Those two guys have been arguing for the last six weeks. I've been thinking of some very specific sailing goals at both national and local levels, and some running goals. But then I came across this website on Goal-Free Living. The author Stephen Shapiro argues that our society's emphasis on goals is actually detrimental to our enjoyment of life.
We are taught from a young age that in order to achieve great success we must set and achieve our goals. However in doing so, we become focused on where we are going rather than enjoying where we are right now. We sacrifice today in the hope that a better future will emerge, only to discover that achievement rarely leads to true joy. Goal-Free Living presents an alternative philosophy - that we can have an extraordinary life now, all without goals and detailed plans. By living for each moment, it's possible to have a successful life and follow your passions at the same time.
Shapiro recommends choosing a broad, expansive, empowering theme for the year to guide your life rather than specific measurable goals. And he advises being open to new possibilities and new directions. He seems to believe that sticking to goals you set for yourself can be constricting, even writes of the "tyranny of goals".
He asked his readers to share their "themes" for the year. Here are some of the responses...
curiosity and adventure
live more like a hedgehog
So what do you think? Is this just fuzzy new-age feel-good psycho-babble? Or is he on to something?
Do you have sailing goals? Or if you went down the Shapiro route what would your theme be?
I wonder what my theme would be? Perhaps it has been staring me in the face on the title bar of this blog all year?