Goals are okay in their place, but what you need more than goals is a system, a process. So, for example, one of the processes for writing this book was that I blogged every day because it was practice, and because I thought that people would read it and they would maybe say, “Let’s reprint this article,” and it would give me an idea what I could write that would be a full book. So I didn’t have a goal of writing a book--this specific book by this day. [Instead,] I had a process that I was pretty sure was going to get me there.
Likewise if you’re trying to lose weight: I would say it’s bad to say, “I’m going to lose 10 pounds.” [Instead] it’s probably a lot more useful to say, “I’m going to learn how to eat right and I’m going to be active every day.” [...]