Is It Even Good to Have Goals?


(guildbot) #1

The morning routines conversation from the last episode prompts a bit of followup. Drew asks a daunting question: Is it good to have goals? Also, Joe asks Drew about his latest online project.
Phantom Thread (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07943844F/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
There Will Be Blood (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017I91LI/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
Lincoln (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BOLE7X0/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
Gangs of New York (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006RXQ800/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
Morning Pages (http://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/)
Morning Routines - Chris Bowler (http://chrisbowler.com/journal/morning-routines)
Pomodoro Technique (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique)
168 Hours (http://www.amazon.com/dp/159184410X/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
168 Hours on Bookworm (https://bookworm.fm/41/)
Kill Your To Do List (https://www.cjchilvers.com/blog/kill-your-to-do-list)
Midori Traveler’s Notebook (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ZYF22M/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
Midori Weekly Vertical (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K1SCO9U/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
Collected Goodness (https://collectedgoodness.com/)
Commonplace book (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonplace_book)
The Futilitarians (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0316393908/?tag=whimsthatwork-20)
Drew’s Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/drewcoffman)
Derek Sivers’ Books page (https://sivers.org/book)

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(Wilson Ng) #2

Thanks for a great topic.

Goals - one of the subjects that has always perplexed me as well. Much has been made about “everyone should have a goal.” But what if there are goals that don’t go with our own personal values? I might find myself in a work environment where I’m unhappy and I’m already looking at LinkedIn for a new work environment that doesn’t clash with my personal values.

I’ve always thought of my goals as moving targets. Like a boat captain, I might steer off course but I’ll re-orient myself every once in a while to get to where I’m going.

But I also worry about what are my goals? vs what is everyone else’s goals?

There are some goals that are thrust upon me (a new client with a new project) or my Honey-Do List that my wife loves to pile on me. If some of these goals are aligned with my own personal values, I’m good with going along with it.

But I don’t know if I can recommend goal switching so often. Stay the course for a while and see if it’s the direction we want to go. I’m still young enough to course correct and make a 90° turn or even a 180° turnaround.

I think goals gives us a purpsoe to live. Without a purpose in life, we drift aimlessly. We can drift aimlessly like a balloon for a little while (in between jobs) but eventually we’ll need to spread our wings and steer in a particular direction. I don’t want to be stuck in the forest forever.


(Joe Buhlig) #3

All of these points would lead me to the conclusion that the Cortex concept of yearly themes makes a lot more sense than goals. They’re more flexible and set a general direction, which makes a lot more sense when you’re talking about personal aspirations.