Do Goals Really Make Sense?

I have been looking at some of Tom Peter’s writing this week. He writes that goals are mostly stupid. He says that having an over all vision makes sense but that setting and pursuing specific goals makes little sense because the world we function in is changing too fast.

But I must ask, does rapid change make goals useless? I suppose if you set rigid goals, never revisit them or adjust them to fit the changing environment, his point may be valid.

But good goals setting sets a direction, it does not tie us to a rigid plan. President Eisenhower, who helped plan probably the most challenging endeavor of the 20th century, the invasion of Europe to defeat the Nazi war machine, said that planning is everything, plans are useless. He found that the process of planning and setting goals prepares you for the directions you will have to take as conditions change.

Who is right? Do goals by their very nature tie us too rigidly to a plan which changing conditions render useless? Or does planning and goals give us sufficient direction and preparation to move forward even in a changing environment? What do you think?

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.