Life Goals? – I’d rather do Life Experiments

The old adage is pursue your life goals and be happy.

I wonder if this should be pursue your life goals or be happy. Since I have changed my perspective from seeking life goals and instead seeing life more like a series of experiments, I have been happier. In doing 30 day challenges and other experiments and not attempting to make (avoid?) life changing decisions, I have made life changing decisions. A paradox, I know.

Let’s look at the process of pursuing a goal:

  1. Make a plan that will help direct you to achieve what you want to achieve
  2. Figure out how you could do it (learn or develop the skills)
  3. Pursue the goal
  4. Fail or succeed

Let’s look at the process of pursuing an experiment:

  1. Make a plan that will help direct you to achieve what you want to achieve
  2. Figure out how you could do it (learn or develop the skills)
  3. Complete the experiment
  4. Learn and grow

Seeing life as a series of experiments takes the pressure off. Experiments focus on the process, with an interest in the outcome. Goals focus on the outcome alone. Experiments create intrigue, we learn more from experiments. With experimentation we don’t hold onto the baggage of old decisions, as we would, when we doggedly pursue a fundamentally flawed goal. With experimentation we try more, experience more.

Why not try seeing life as a series of experiments? – It could be fun.

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