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Hey everyone! It's been a while since my last news post, but I'm back. One of the biggest changes in my life since I last posted here is that I can now walk again! After months of physical therapy and exercise, I've regained the balance that I lost from the tumor. No more walker necessary. It feels good to be able to achieve that goal.

I've been thinking about goal-setting a lot lately. I love to read productivity-related content. It's like potato chips for my brain. Yeah, a lot of it is just fluff designed to get me to pay for overpriced courses, but a lot of it also contains valuable and interesting information to me. Some of the topics commonly discussed are goals and systems, and which one is better to focus on if you want to be successful.


The advice here tends to be conflicting. To my understanding, there are 3 main sides:

Side A: Goals are not good; systems are better, because they ensure consistent progress. The problem with goals is that once you reach them, you don't know how to proceed next. If you end up setting a goal that's too difficult, you'll just feel demotivated. Some things are also genuinely out of your control.

Side B: Goals are good; systems should be used to advance goals. Goals give you something to strive for, and motivate you to work hard to achieve something. They give you purpose and a clear challenge where you feel like there are real stakes that have to be met.

Radical Centrist Option: Goals are good. Set something realistic, but don't be upset if you don't reach it because it's just a benchmark. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.

The Radical Centrist Option is the most sensible theoretically, but I also see no way that I can actually put it into action. To me, the whole point of goal-setting is to invest yourself in the process, and do everything in your power to reach it. I feel like to even get to a point where you can say to yourself, "oopsie I didn't reach it but that's ok lol XD" would have to mean there was no actual emotional investment being made in the first place.

What do you guys think about this? What are your goals, and/or systems? Leave a comment; I'm interested to know.

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