Isn’t the Book a Goal?

March 26, 2005  

In one of the blog entries, some asked “Mr. Goalfree, I want to ask you, IS your intended book publishing not A GOAL?”

This raises a couple of interesting points. First of all, Goal-Free Living does not mean that you do not have ANY goals. It means you are free from the burden that goals have on so many people. So goals are not necessarily bad. It is how you relate to them that is important.

Regardless, for me, the book is truly not a goal. Had it been a goal I would have had a better plan of attack; I would have thought through how I would get the book published as quickly as possible. Instead, I am allowing it to evolve. And in the process, the content is getting richer and I see other potential avenues beyond books. If the book does not get published, there are other paths: a magazine, workbooks, workshops, self-publishing books, a series of mini-books around each secret, an interactive website, or a number of other vehicles. So the book is only one potential path supporting my aspiration (making an huge impact in the world). My interest lies in getting the word out about Goal-Free Living. People often confuse the means with the end. The book is a means, not the end. Goals are about the end game.

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3 Responses to “Isn’t the Book a Goal?”

  1. do on March 29th, 2005 6:02 am

    great answer!

    Some private and biz goals
    become really a burden

    one forgets shifting perspectives

  2. Irv Thomas on May 31st, 2005 12:11 pm

    I think I detect some rationalization here. To write a book is to write a book, with satisfactions inherent in the doing of it. It can be published these days at very low cost, if that satisfaction is desired. But the moment your thinking begins to cascade beyond that point (i.e., “…a magazine, workbooks, workshops, self-publishing books, a series of mini-books around each secret, an interactive website, or a number of other vehicles”), the BASIS for goals creeps into the picture, if not the goals themselves.

    And while you say that “making an huge impact on the world” is merely an aspiration, it sounds more to me like a goal. This entry of yours reflects a good deal of ambivalence, though your overall site theme is excellent.

  3. Eolake on June 1st, 2005 5:54 am

    These are extremely interesting issues. I have myself struggled very hard for year now to try to find new goals that HELD MY INTEREST long enough! I still can’t find them. Nothing seems that important.
    Yet I know I want to do important and interesting things, especially in the arts, and I know I can, I have before.
    So now I am sort of fiddling around with some things, going in a direction that feels right.