Nine reasons NOT to set goals for your creative endeavours

Last week I blogged about reasons it’s good to set goals. And, whilst I believe goal setting can be incredibly useful and instramental to our achievements, I also believe there are times when it’s better not to set goals.  Here’s nine reasons why…

  1. If we’re too focussed on achievement we can forget to experiment – definitely something I’m weaning myself off at the moment.
  2. Having  too many goals can be overwhelming.
  3. Training ourselves to focus on achievement can literally train our brains out of being so creative.
  4. Sometimes we get so focussed on a goal we continue too chase after it when it would be better to let go.
  5. We can fail to take the learning from an experience if the minute we’ve completed one goal we head off too quickly after the next.
  6. We can fail to relax sufficiently because we’re always thinking about deadlines.
  7. We can be in such a hurry to hit a deadline that we fail to enjoy the journey.
  8. Goals can make us feel under pressure and pressure can reduce creativity – although sometimes it can increase it!
  9. The mere thought they’re setting goals can instantly switch off some people’s creativity.

Having made those points, I concede, it’s true that well set goals and being aware of the possible pitfalls can stop us falling into these traps. Also, if you’re working on goals with a good professional coach, this should also facilitate increased creative thought and not reduce it. However, all in all, because creativity demands an amount of free thought, I do believe there are times when not setting a goal – or setting very loose goals – can be the best thing for us.

What do you think? Has this post and my two previous goal setting posts, here and here, encouraged or discouraged you from setting goals? Or perhaps there’s another change they’ve helped influence? Either way I’d love to hear about it.

Bekki Hill

DeFuzzing the beast!

When I started my blog I didn’t intend to write ‘coaching posts’, although I knew the attitude I’ve learned from coaching would always colour what I wrote. However, when I’ve talked about goal achievement and avoiding the UFO pile several people have asked for more detail about how to make their goals more achievable. In one conversation Maggienesium said one of her goals she wasn’t working on felt like a ‘fuzzy beast’. I think that’s a great description of hard to achieve goals, because the more clearly we can define our goals the more easy they are to achieve. Also, the less clearly we see them the more our goals can feel like  beasts.

So here goes, the post I never meant to write…

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