Goals are highly overrated. In today’s culture, we love them. With each New Year, we set endless goals for ourselves because we love stories of people who set goals, overcome odds and reach them. These stories inspire us to change our lives as well. But much of the reason we love goals is because our current model of success looks more at production, not transformation. In other words, we measure success based on how much social impact it has, not in how much it changes us. We can write a book and not see it as successful because it didn’t sell, causing us to overlook the change we went through in writing it. This is a problem because when we are driven by production, we rack up an unhealthy amount of negative emotions. For instance, we can feel a deep sadness or regret if we did not reach our goal in the way we would’ve liked. We can feel a stifling guilt that prevents us from trying again. These negative emotions stop us from making future successes happen. This is because we’re looking at success all wrong. Success is not an external thing; it is very much an internal thing. I know this because Jesus was not concerned by how many people the disciples were healing and saving. He let them mess up often because it was teaching them through failure. He was instead focused on spiritually guiding them to see the truth—an action that later enabled them to establish the church. Here’s what I’m getting at: Maybe, we need to stop planning everything about our lives because the impact of the negative emotions that comes with it ironically prevents future success from happening. I’m not saying that setting goals always amounts to negative emotions. I’m saying that it’s OK to not have everything in life listed out as a goal. What this does is create a freedom from the emotions that might stunt our confidence. I used to be obsessed with making goals, but the amount of anxiety and negativity they brought me at times didn’t help further my mission. The truth is, I feel better in NOT planning everything about my life. And because I am content with not having many goals, I am not burdened with the negative emotions that want to stop my productivity. Here are the benefits the come from not planning my life out.