Is It All That Bad to NOT Have Big Life Goals?

Why must I have big goals? People will ask, "where do you want to be in five years?" Or I might hear, "what will your career look like in ten years?" Why does it really matter? I know, I know. Popular wisdom says that the only way to achieve anything is by having a destination. I'm just not so sure I buy the absolute nature of that belief.

Does a person have to have some clear picture of exactly what she will be doing and where and with whom and so on? Isn't it at all possible that people can be guided by their values? For some people, isn't the journey more important than the destination?

I do believe some people truly are goal driven. They know what they want in time-bound and specific terms. Therefore, setting and driving toward goals is a natural way for them to live. Still, I think there are an awful lot of people who are driven by living by their values and being open to possibilities they can't imagine. And, being one of these people, I feel we shouldn't be labeled stupid or lazy or not ambitious or unworthy in any way. We're just different.

By the way, I'm not saying that a person who is goal-driven can't have values and value-driven people can't have goals. Not at all! While I do have a goal for what I'll accomplish this coming week and I've set a spending plan for the holidays, I don't know in specific, concrete terms what I want to be doing in my career when I'm 46. I do know that I want to be working in congruence with my values - honoring creativity, helping people to be their best, learning new things, having meaningful relationships, exploring ideas, creating harmony. I'm open to the infinite possibilities that may manifest for me. And I'm just fine with that.

How about you? Are you more goal-oriented or values-oriented? Do you think it's possible to be successful, yet not set life goals?