All goals are not made equal: Why you can't have a successful career without setting the right goals.
I recently read The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman where he talks a lot about the negative effects of goal setting. He suggests that goal setting can lead to a destructive and tunnel-visioned lack of perspective, an inability to embrace the inevitable uncertainties of life and that these goals can become adversely attached to a person's identity, leaving them distraught and demoralised when their goals don't eventuate. He cites, among other evidence, the author of destructive goal pursuits who links obsession goal orientation to the tragic deaths that occurred on Mount Everest in 1996 and states that 41% of people in one survey said that achieving their goals failed to make them happier, and 18% said that achieving their goals had destroyed a close relationship. These aren't great statistics in favour of goal setting! So why am I suggesting that goal setting is essential to a successful performance career?!?