Goal Setting: Freeing or Oppressive

I gave a talk last week at GW University to a group of the most amazing an accomplished freshmen imaginable. I will post a series of reflections on the talk, and share some of the responses I have gotten back since then. I would like to start with this idea that goal setting can be freeing:

Reflecting on the talk…and wanted to take this as an opportunity to reach out and say thanks. I had never considered goals as freeing, they really do seem like binding contracts from the start …. Having the perspective that goals are just an opportunity to prioritize opens up your life to focus on what’s important to you not just what you think you have to do. It is so freeing!

How do you view your “goals” ??