The “hustle” culture of modern life has put extra emphasis on the pursuit of goals and attaining them through ever increasing busyness and unrelenting productivity.
While goal setting is not a problem, per se, Thom explains that the level of importance people place on them can be problematic.
The challenge lies in the notion of, “I’ll be happy when…” This is a false premise. The thought that something outside of us might bring us happiness is a recipe for disillusionment and a misguided search for external fulfilment.
A better approach might be, “I’ll be happy, then…” or’ “I’ll be happy, and…” Rather than making happiness an outcome of a goal, make it an input into a goal.
[00:43] The Relevance of Goal Setting
[02:05] The Problem With Goal Setting
[03:03] I Am an Exporter of Happiness
[04:03] Rigid Attachment is a Bad Habit
[05:08] A Trifecta of Ideals
[06:36] Find Fulfillment First