There’s something profound about setting goals. From New Year’s resolutions and bucket lists to annual performance objectives and half-marathon pace targets, goals help distill our dreams and aspirations into action-oriented nuggets. At their best, they motivate us to become better versions of ourselves.
The very idea of setting goals can be controversial—especially around the New Year. But the problem isn’t that we set goals; it’s that we often don’t know how to set the right ones or, once we do, how to go about achieving them.