Life Is a Game of Choices – part 2: Goal Setting

04/10/2014 12:40

Here I am again, ready to follow up on the article I have published a couple of days ago – Life Is a Game of Choices. I mentioned one may quite easily end up in the situation where somebody else is making choices for them. And I said such state is also individual’s choice. Let’s speak about this in more details.

 

It can be easy to end up in this trap, especially if you have low confidence and have not set up goals for yourself. If you have no goals on your list, you may easily end up following path of somebody else; usually of your boss, your parents or your life partner. If you are ok with this, then fair enough. But I assume most of us would not be so positive about it. We may be lucky and enjoy following path of somebody else when it fits our internal values, but eventually it can navigate us somewhere where we don’t want to be. And what’s next?

 

It seems whole this game of choices links inevitably to goal setting – for your career or personal life. Without goals our life does not have path, without path we don’t know where we are going and actually it ain’t matter.

 

There is this nice quote from Alice in the Wonderland.

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat.
“I don't know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the Cat, “it doesn't matter.”

 

And that is the thing: If you don’t know where you are going, all roads will lead there. It doesn’t matter which one you take. Except, that you may end up in the trap mentioned above.

 

So here we have the cure for our trap – set up goals of your own, otherwise you will end up following goals of somebody else. In one of my next articles I will look closely at goal setting exercises, mainly focusing on our careers. In a mean time, have a though about it: Have you set up goals of your own (at least in your mind) and are you following them, or are you allowing somebody else to design your path for you?

 

Take care,

 

Petra

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