What's the REAL Goal Here?

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When we set ourselves little, personal goals, what metric should we choose?

We say we want to read more books, and then wind up (without even realizing it) choosing a lot of shorter books so that we can get through more books in the same amount of time.

That's fine if we genuinely just wanted to a bigger list of titles we have read, but maybe what we really wanted was to spend more time reading, or to read more diverse types of books. In that case, we're not meeting our goal!

You always wind up with more of whatever it is you're measuring, sometimes at the cost of the thing you really wanted.

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