Goals, Sacrifices, and Expectations: How They Can Make You Happy (or Miserable)


What’s not to like about setting goals? It motivates you, keeps you accountable for your accomplishments, and helps you gradually shape your life into that of your ideal. Trying to be successful without goals is tantamount to driving with a destination.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of self help resources out there that help you with setting goals. Almost all of them will ask you about your dreams, ambitions, passions, skills, talents, strengths, weaknesses, and/or desired income. Some of the better ones will ask you about your risk tolerance, force you to prioritize, and help make the case for high risk, high reward. And finally, ONLY ONE resource that I’ve come across discusses the sacrificial nature of goal setting. I’m not sure if sacrifice is a taboo in the self help industry or if it’s just a poor marketing decision for an author to parade this idea around in his/her book, since it doesn’t lend to the good feelings generated by the ‘anything is possible!’ philosophy. So I’ll do my best to fill you in on what I mean by the sacrificial nature of goal setting.
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