7 dangers of not having goals

A goal is a desired result a person or an organization envisions, plans and commits to achieve.  It is the desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Goals are what motivate us to push ourselves to grow and move forward in life.

The problem is that many people live without having any goals and there are some dangers in living this way.

7 dangers of not having goals

  1. We can become passive.
  2. It is impossible to do any real evaluation.
  3. We can fall into the trap of doing something just for the sake of doing something and it is difficult to state why we are doing this or why we are not.
  4. We lose motivation because we are not challenged.
  5. It becomes easy to settle for a maintenance mode instead of development mode.
  6. It is easy not to plan ahead.
  7. The emphasis becomes upon activity rather than output.

I have experienced many of these dangers in my life.  I have to continue to wrestle with these dangers (sometimes daily) in order to pursue growth in my life.

Unless you have a definite, precise, clearly set goals, you are not going to realize the maximum potential that lies within you. Zig Ziglar

What are some other dangers of not having goals?

Here is a great book that I recommend:


  • DS says:

    I can’t think straight after reading the name of the quoter in your post.

    Zig Zagler?


  • Adam says:

    I am a big goal maker. I love having goals to work toward.
    Love your list. Pretty perfect the way it is!

  • DS says:

    I’ve never heard of him actually.

    So, he’s real then!


  • jasonS says:

    I totally agree, Kevin. At one point, I THOUGHT I was just a guy who floated and went where God said, but I really did have goals and I found out that was a good thing. We have to flexible many times with those goals, but without them we don’t have the direction we need to make the gains God is after. He is faithful to lead and guide! Thanks so much.

  • Glynn says:

    I learned something on the bike trail last week. If I want to increase my speed, it helps to have someone riding with me. I was motivated when I was challenged. Good post, Kevin.

  • Matt says:

    Wow. Each of those dangers could be their own post. I fall into the “no goal” trap a lot. Good stuff Kevin.

  • kathy k says:

    Hi Kevin i really like this article it makes you think. Sometime our busy lives get in the way of our goals but being reminded to set goals is a really good thing!!!

  • Hazel Moon says:

    Goals are necessary evils. All Seven dangers to not having goals are good, but my favorite is number 4. “We lose motivation because we are not challenged.” Thanks for sharing!

  • Tracey Soko says:

    I think without goals we live like Guinea fowls – running in mad circles suddenly taking off in different directions. Watching Guinea fowls makes me tired!

  • Stevie Smith says:

    I agree that to have goals in life not only makes us take actions, but also shows that we care.

    An the great things about goals is that since we define them, and with a little effort on our part, we can nearly always achieve them. Of course, reason has as much of an influence as our desire so look for those achievable goals to start with and work your way up!

    An example:
    My goal for each day is to tell my wife and my kids that I love them.
    To be there for them whenever they need me

    Great post,

  • Steve-Personal Success Factors says:

    Kevin, thanks for the reminders for why it’s important to set goals. One of the important factors for me to keep in mind when setting goals is to make sure that they are in line with my values. In the past, I’ve pursued goals, for example, at the expense of time with my family, or at the expense of not consulting enough with my wife. But if the goal setting is done with my core values in mind, they are powerful tools for growth and achievement.

  • Rich Keesling says:

    Goals are indeed important, but I have often fallen into the trap of setting goals that are impractical or which fall well beyond my realistic reach. In addition, those of us who are refugees from the corporate rat race often found ourselves burdened with goals that were virtually impossible to achieve. So my thought is that goals are indeed essential in accomplishment, but that in setting them, one needs to take care that they are reasonably attainable and mutually exclusive. There is nothing more discouraging than to be burdened with the knowingly unattainable.

  • Helen says:

    Great article Kevin and its soo true – soo many people do not have goals in their life and they wonder why they don’t get anywhere….and others like me need reminders like this to review them !! thanks for the great reminder :))

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