Goals are vague
One of the problems I have is that goals are "supposed" to be measurable, attainable, clear and objective. You should know when you are finished. But the 30K ft level in GTD is a muddle for me. Take the examples, Make more money and move to another state. They are too vague to see what will result in them being done, and the more specific ones are too granular because life changes.
For example, we had a goal of move out of southern California to a small farm 15 years ago. Our plan was to buy a farm in a suitable location and we were researching possible places. Then my mother died and we inherited our farm. I grew up here, I remember what the town was like, I did not want to move back permanently. So we decided to fix up the house, move for the 2 years we needed to for tax reasons and continue our search. 2 years into it and the real estate market collapsed. So we decided to stick it out for a while longer. Then about 5 years ago things really changed here and now I can't imagine moving unless I am forced to by rampant oil and gas development that destroys my farm. So my goals is no longer move and I activated some of the decades long projects that my mother had started on this place.
So goals that are vague or too specific means you didn't reach them. Yet you may have reached the goal you should have defined but didn't understand when you started.
Another one. A long time ago I had a goal to one day have a Dodge Power wagon truck. Well we have a nice Dodge diesel truck, but it's not a Power Wagon, because Dodge doesn't make them any more. Is that goal reached or not? I'd say it's reached but in a different form.
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