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In January, with a pen, paper, and a lot of motivation, I plan out my whole year and what I want to see happen.
Well, you know what, my year hasn’t ever really fallen nicely in line with my goals. Can you believe that? Things change. Goals change. Life happens. Opportunities you weren’t expecting come into your life, and often opportunities you were expecting don’t come. It can be frustrating.
But there’s gotta be a better way! And I think I found one. A better way.
I looked for a better approach. One that doesn’t make me feel disappointed in myself when I remember that I haven’t reached my original, yearly goals because I often don’t reach the original goals I set for myself. I’m realizing more and more how hard it is, especially in business, to plan far in the future when not knowing what will come your way.
Today I am going to talk about goals. But not an inspirational lesson on how to reach every goal you set, but why you shouldn’t live a life focused on goals. It’s unhealthy. And possibly even less productive than another approach.
What’s that other approach? I’m not going to tell you. Well, not yet. Keep listening!
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Today’s lesson might be a little shocking for some of you, especially because it’s coming from me, someone who talks a lot about personal development.
Why shocking? Because today’s episode is on a book that pretty much disrupts a lot of the self-help genre. The self-help genre covers subjects like motivation, how to be happier, how to be more productive, the importance of goal setting, basically, self-help books teach us how to be better humans.
I talk about a lot of these topics here on the podcast, and I do think there are valuable lessons to be learned.
But… like I said, the book I read for today’s episode is different. The name of the book is “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” by Oliver Burkeman.
If you’re someone who thinks that all the self-help books on the power of thinking positively, and books like “The Secret” are garbage, well, you’d love this book.
And... if you’re like me, very open to different perspectives, philosophies and different approaches to life, you’ll also find some value in this book.