Today’s post was inspired by one chapter in Rod Judkins‘s book, The Art Of Creative Thinking. So, it’s kind of unconventional, many people might find it illogical, which is understandable because you can’t have too much logical thinking in creativity.

Anyway, the point of this particular chapter of the book is discussing why people tends to over-rate the “goal setting” and its “side-effects”. For example, if you’ve set a particular goal, especially those S.M.A.R.T. goals* (e.g. achieving financial independence in 2020), you might fall victim of the following side effects.

  1. When you have goal, the route to it becomes a labour. Put it another way, it is too linear and anything linear is hardly fun or interesting. 
  1. The imagination becomes closed to other possibilities. A goal limits your actions. There isn’t room to explore other pathways. 
  1. The goal …