Goal setting: What is the opposite of a goal oriented lifestyle?

Have you ever thought what is the opposite to a goal oriented lifestyle? One thing that comes to mind is:Aimless lifestyle.Anything goes and anything is OK. Any action or activity we perform is beautiful, and random acts give us instantaneous bliss…sometimes, and it never lasts.And we never get anywhere. And we often self distract with alcohol, drugs etc.Aimless doesn’t sound like a viable alternative to goal setting and goal achieving.
Act: Create a list of Big Goals and start achieving them, one by one.

4 Comments on Goal setting: What is the opposite of a goal oriented lifestyle?

  1. Hello,

    I just came across your website today and wanted to pipe in on this article.

    I have to disagree with your antonym for ‘goal oriented’, at least as concerns employment and I expect in other areas of life as well.

    A goal oriented person prefers or performs better when he is working toward a specific goal. An example would be a carpenter working toward completing a project. (A table, a house, a pier, etc.)

    The opposite of this is a process oriented person who prefers or performs better in a work environment or on a project which is indefinite. (Running a warehouse, police officer, etc.)

    Admittedly, the goal of running a warehouse might be improved efficiency and a police officer’s goal might be reducing crime. But even then, these goals are indefinite because they are never ending. The police officer will never reach a point where he says, “Today I have finished reducing crime.”

    Just my opinion – thank you for allowing me to express it!

  2. The description you give for the Aimless lifestyle sounds pretty nice to me. If it was sustainable, I think most people would be happier with the Aimless lifestyle.

    Just being in the moment, free, roaming, exploring, appreciating, with no pressure to achieve anything except joy, fun, laughter, excitement, discovery, etc.

    None of the pressures of the Goal oriented lifestyle, no concepts of failure, of missed opportunity, no anxiety from underperformed or underacheving, no competition to the limited resources.

    A lot of spirituality and philosophies try to teach people the Aimless lifestyle in fact. Thing like meditation, yoga, mindfulness, etc.

    Now, our society is not designed in a way where it’s easy to sustain the Aimless lifestyle, but I challenge to reason about it. Could it be sustainable? Maybe make that your goal, to achieve a sustain Aimless lifestyle and just be happy with yourself and life.

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