Confessions from a Career Coach: Does Goal-Setting Really Matter?

Confession #1: I don’t like setting goals. They scare me. Setting a goal raises the possibility that I won’t reach it. If I never commit to anything, I can’t fail, right? Oy. If only that were true. I spent a few years living without making any goals. The problem was that I wasn’t really living. When I don’t commit to a challenge, I don’t grow, and if I don’t grow, I feel unmoored and lost. Or firmly stuck in a rut. Either way, not committing is a fast-track to depression. But setting an unrealistic goal, or a goal that I think I should pursue, is also a fast-track to depression. For the past couple of years, I set an income goal that was too big for me to conceptualize. As a result, I had n

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