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Why You Need to Set Goals, Even If Achieving Them Doesn’t Make You Happier

Why doesn’t goal achievement make us happier?

When we finally accomplish what we want or create the life we designed, we feel excited and ecstatic. But as the days and weeks go by, our emotional state goes back to baseline.

Goals cannot fix internal, existential problems. They can lead to distracting busy work, instead of purposeful, important work. They do not always create desired results or positive outcomes. They are not reliable sources of true joy.  

Even though goals don’t make you happy or happier, you still need to make them for different reasons.

In episode 60 of The Incrementalist, you will learn:

1) The limits of goal setting and goal achievement

2) The 5 reasons you still need to set goals

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Dyan Williams is a solo lawyer who practices U.S. immigration law and legal ethics at Dyan Williams Law PLLC. She is also a productivity coach who helps working parents, lawyers, small business owners and other busy people turn their ideas into action, reduce overwhelm, and focus on what truly matters. She is the author of The Incrementalist: A Simple Productivity System to Create Big Results in Small Steps.