Been a while, I've been all wrapped up in a bunch of crap. Actually, it's all been good crap.
At any rate, let's talk about goal setting. I use to think goal setting was the best thing ever. I, just like many people, was conditioned to believe that it was the best strategy out there to just simply write your goals down, and then keep your list by you everyday.
Then I realized that the ambiguity of the world doesn't allow that to work as effectively as it could, which is why I completely abolished goal setting and started arbitrarily picking targets in my mind, and then immediately taking action.
Here's why this works for me:
As soon as I see something I'd like to do, I don't write it down, get all goal setting ish and start planning, I skip to the action part. I just decided I was creating a WSO about SEO about 5 hours ago, I've already written the first ten pages.
I rely on aggressively taking action, getting feedback and calibrating based on that. In a static world, goal setting works. However, we're not in a static world.
Your mind will change (and there is a way to be fully conscious of this, even welcoming)
New information will come in and alter your approach
I've seen so many people set real specific goals, (which I think is rad, you should be clear), but then proceed to engage those goals TO THE EXCLUSION of everything else. So in other words, when other ideas came to mind, or they felt a bit intrigued to take a different approach, they didn't even consider that; they were tightly keyholed into their "well written goals."
I've been able to:
Land powerful speaking engagements.
Get invited to be a judge at a speaking contest for an international speaking organization.
Build multiple avenues of income.
Have freedom, choice and most importantly, randomness when it comes to how I will approach outcomes in my life....
as a result of using an arbitrary angle on creating outcomes.
If that makes sense, great! My main point is I think that goal setting is great, but it isn't the best strategy in the world. I think it's about time we evolve knowledge and come up with new ways of hacking reality.
The outcomes I set for myself are totally unrealistic. I'm crazy enough to believe they'll happen. I engage right away in creating these outcomes and have been hitting targets consistently.
Goals take time to formulate in your head. Sometimes it isn't as easy as sitting down and going "Ok, I'm going to set all of my goals for the next year!"
Over time, with a capricious approach, while being specific at the same time in your head, as well as a resolve to aggressively hack reality, your outcomes will become quite clear, quite attainable and quite precise.
P.S., I think 5 year plans are completely ridiculous.
P.S.S., I'll go on to say that I believe the acquisition of the skill of being in control of your mind, through any kind of optimization of mental performance (reading, constant intellectual stimulation, exercise of course, meditation for sure and any other mind disciplining exercises), helps significantly in a random approach to goals.