Is there anything so wrong with not wanting to set goals? In practically every writing book I read it talks about setting goals. Truth be told, when anyone mentions the word, it make me want to claw their eyes out. Although I’ve mellowed out a bit in my advancing age.
The thing is when I was younger, I worked as a dance instructor. My boss and his wife (she was the receptionist, maybe co-owner too) were constantly talking about setting goals. There was always so much pressure to sell lessons, increasingly so once I was the only female instructor. Goals, goals, goals. That’s all he ever talked about. See, I was great at setting goals, but with all the pressure to sell, I was pretty lousy at meeting them. Of course it didn’t help that my mom had just moved out of the house and I needed to make money to support myself.
Needless to say, I left that job on very bad terms. There was a big fiasco at the end and my boss’ wife threatened to have my step-father killed. So ever since then I never wanted to set goals. Sure there were things I wanted to accomplish and somehow I always did, but never by any real planning. Even now I’m accomplishing the things I want to get done, but I can’t help but wonder if I could be more productive if I set some goals.
Hey, I’ve got two thesauri now, I can just look a different word up. Ah, here we go ‘aim’. I like that word. It’s short and doesn’t remind me of the word goal. And if I get tired of that word, there’s plenty more to choose from: plan, desire, intent, aspire… just as long as I’m not setting ‘goals’.