Motley Goals — An Introduction


As you read the title of this post, you are probably thinking one of three things:

1) What in the world are “motley goals”?
2) Why is Ostby coming up with yet another approach to goals?
3) Fantastic! I can always use more ideas for meeting my goals.

Motley Goals

Motley is the name given to the clothing worn by fools in the middle ages that was a collection of patches. This was not some super creative approach to garner attention (at least not at first), but instead was a simple fact of life – jesters were poor and so they had no choice but to patch, patch, and patch some more.

Motley Goals is my current approach for meeting my goals. It is so named as a nod to the fact that many goal related ideas are not new, but instead are topics that have been tweaked from other authors.

The good news for those who have followed my goal setting approaches in the past is that many if not all of the general ideas that I’ve used in the past will carry over into Motley Goals.

They may have some tweaks of their own, but most of those past ideas are tools and Motley Goals is mostly a tool box that allows you to pick the tools that meet your specific needs, strengths, and types of goals.

Why another goal setting approach?

I think it is always good to ask the question of why we need another goal setting approach (or a new anything for that matter)?

Motley Goals will bring three important things together and you’ll see this in the next three weeks:

1) First of all, it will BUILD ON FUNDAMENTALS from Anthony Robbins, Stephen Covey, and David Allen.

2) Secondly, it will ADD FLEXIBILITY by providing different approaches that you can take depending on the scope of your most important goals, the level of your current workload, and the breadth of your goal setting.

3) Finally, it will FOCUS ON MOMENTUM as the fulcrum of life.

What do I do before next Wednesday?

Next Wednesday, I’ll talk a bit about roles. Covey discusses roles in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, but we’ll look at why it’s important to understand what you want out of those roles.

1) Brainstorm your roles (e.g. writer, spouse, engineer, etc) and then decide which of them you wish to put under the umbrella of goal setting and which ones you are fine with pursuing in an ad hoc fashion.

2) Imagine how you’d like to be remembered in all of those roles.

3) Write down some notes around that for next week when I discuss Qualitative Roles.

For more goal related, articles, you can take a look here or just go back to my home page.

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