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By: Kate | November 05, 2015

Open almost any book on self-improvement, and one of the first things you will be told is that you need to have goals. But over many years of working with people to improve their lives, I've started to question their importance.

Possibly the most famous model for goal setting is the SMART approach. It deems that goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. This is an excellent model if you want to do something that can be clearly defined, is quantifiable, can be broken down into identifiable steps that can be scheduled, and has a definite end point. Running a marathon or holding an art exhibition would be excellent examples. 

However, when we look at the process of cultivating a meaningful life, it gets a little ...

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