Here’s the secret: the problem isn’t you, it’s the system! Goals as a system are set up for failure.
- Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
Since the time when I started trying to be more efficient during my workdays, I’ve made lists with goals for what I want to achieve. Goals for the year, for the month, for the day. I’ve made goals about how many blog posts I want to write per week as well as how many new clients to contact per day.
But the fact is I rarely reach these goals. About half of the time, I don’t even come back to check the lists and just forget about them. On the few occasions when I reach a goal, I do feel a short-lived sensation of success. But whenever I don’t, it feels like I just failed.
Goals are for the unmotivated. This is one of the reasons I got rid of mine—so I could focus on what’s important, so I could focus on living a life centered around health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
- Joshua Fields Millburn
Just a few weeks ago, I re-read some of the books from Joshua Fields Millburn (one of the two guys behind The Minimalists), where he told the story about how he stopped having goals. And just a few days later, I stumbled upon the same words again, from Leo Babauta.
And those words got to me, however weird and inefficient not having goals might sound. I have decided to do everything I can not to set hard goals for myself. There are two main reasons why:
1. Setting goals will make me think inside the box
If you have a very specific and concrete goal in your cross-hair, it will become the only possible way to succeed. It might be that you are missing out on other things along the way, just because you have both your eyes fixed on the prize on the horizon.
2. Most of the time, it will only disappoint me
If I do manage to reach my goal, there’ll be a brief period of satisfaction. But if not, it’ll just be a failure.
I hope that this new mindset will not only replace all those lists of unfulfilled goals that are now collecting dust in notebooks and drawers, but also solve another huge issue I’ve struggled with since I launched this blog.
I ear-marked this blog for talking about the less gear-focused parts of photography. That made me sort out heaps of topics that did not fit in that description (events and people that I’ve encountered) or certain formats that I could not use (travel essay or Youtube videos). I locked myself in too tight and I have always felt a feeling that I have something to say which I couldn’t.
I made myself follow a specified set of rules when I should’ve followed the most important thing that an artist or photographer could ever have - a passion.
And I’ve always had a passion, and I will tell you all about it very soon (hint: it is NOT photography, as I have thought for a long time).
Henceforth, this blog will not only be about the human aspects of photography but also feature stories from the roads, thoughts on storytelling and tales about events, people and places that I’ve encountered together with ways to live and travel in a sustainable way.