Is goal setting a form of magical thinking?

Is goal setting a form of magical thinking?

Why not? It’s hanging on nothing but a wish.

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Do things usually work according to plan?

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Magical thinking is the belief that one’s own thoughts, wishes, or desires can influence the external world

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A good short definition of magical thinking is:
“Magical thinking is the belief that one’s own thoughts, wishes, or desires can influence the external world”
Things don’t work out according to plan. A lot of course corrections are required. Ask NASA. With all their math, continual course corrections are a part of every mission, despite all their pre-planning.So contrasting “goal setting” vs “doing”, goal setting is magical thinking for the adult world. It’s not useless but it’s magical.
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 You got it. I don’t need this last example but I already started typing it:If you ever work in an office environment where SOMEBODY has a hold of Microsoft Project and is “in charge of project management”, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say magical thinking.
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 goal setting isn’t achieved action though. It’s more akin to a list of potential pathways
What if we flew to the moon on horseback?
What if we stick to our budget this month and then if we do that for 2 years we’ll be able to afford that new house?
What’s the difference?
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 That’s the direction I’d go on as well. Processes are nice because each process is a little engine onto itself and can go in different directions if need be given circumstance changes etc.
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 SO for example, what’s transferable skills? Taking the little engine (process) and driving a different car.
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 I went through Getting Things Done, tried it, but it didn’t work for me.“What Color is your parachute?” I read young and internalized a lot of its messages though.
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 I _should_ be on Linux – I’m the right kind of nerd for it. I just have everything set up nicely here in Win7.
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 I think the only system that I put too much stock into for a time was Gardner’s learning styles. I didn’t realize that it was “guidelines” and believed there were pathways that were stronger to the exclusion of others, basically educational psychology’s misreading of Gardner.But when I saw a debunking of it which reiterated that these are more akin to general temperaments, preferences and likes and NOT “learning channels”, I was disappointed and had to readjust my thinking as I’d built a bit of identity upon being an “auditory learner” etc.
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 MBTI I first took in 1994 – back when I was 22. Took it a few times since. First change was going from INFP to INTP which had confused me. Then I decided to try for all 16 types, which took about a year to mimick. [I had a DOS long test] I think ESTJ was the hardest to imitate for me.
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