Take your eyes off the prize?

Goals should be more than a number or a destination, according to author Oliver Burkeman. 

'We've all heard that setting huge, ambitious goals is the master key to getting ahead,' Burkeman says. 'In fact, setting goals and carrying out plans to achieve them is how many of us spend most of our waking hours. But chasing after goals can often backfire in horrible ways.'

Illustrating the point using General Motors, Burkeman lists four ways to set goals that "move businesses forward."

Two: take your eyes OFF the prize so that the pursuit of a goal doesn't become an all or nothing proposition, and embrace uncertainty. Because while goal setting might be comforting, it can blind one to the unexpected opportunity that might put the goal within reach.

Burkeman is the author of the best selling, "The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking."


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