Set Goals and See How It Helps You Create Flexibility in Your Life

Set goals and embrace flexibility.

When you set goals you create two states of mind that can improve your life, whether you achieve your objectives or not. 

These two states of mind are awareness and flexibility

In my last post, I discussed how you create awareness when you set goals. So, today I’m going to discuss the link between setting goals and flexibility.

Many people think that once you set goals they shouldn’t be changed. The goals have only two action options: achievement or failure.

Are there really only 2 options?

This dichotomy distorts goals into serving as a measure of a person’s self-worth.  Consider how dangerous it is to eliminate any middle ground.  With this thinking, you either succeed or fail.  And since experience demonstrates that most goals that people set are not achieved, you might question the worth of goal-setting. 

After all, why set yourself up to feel bad?

Set goals as a guide.

Here’s an alternative approach for setting goals: View them as a blueprint for what you wish to accomplish. Imagine you’re building a house. Think of all the small but significant changes you make to the blueprint as you go along.

Aim to view setting personal and professional goals in the same way that architects and contractors view blueprints.

A blueprint is a frame that describes the desired results.

So, let’s say it’s your house being built. You’ll certainly want to be able to make adjustments as the house takes shape. Think of all the changes that crop up along the way — changes you hadn’t thought of (or even dreamt of) prior to starting the actual building.

Suppose you look at your bedroom while it is under construction, and decide it needs a closet.  Or perhaps you realize, as the living room begins to gel, that the blueprint has the windows in the wrong place to capture the beautiful view.  You would insist on being able to adjust the blueprint to achieve what you now perceive to be a better result.

Let yourself assess and then flex your goals.

Think of setting goals, not as a fixed objective, but as a blueprint.  As you work towards the goals, give yourself the flexibility to re-examine your outcomes and adjust them based on a new and more informed viewpoint.  No one can know everything about a desired outcome before beginning to work on it.

So, continue to set goals. Acknowledge the value these goals have as a blueprint for accomplishing your objectives. 

And recognize that these goals, like a blueprint, need to be adjusted as you work to achieve them.  Acknowledging that this flexibility is inherent in the process of goal-setting could change your entire attitude about setting goals in the first place. 

This enables you to avoid the pattern of complete success or complete failure that’s usually associated with goals.  Best of all, flexibility helps you maintain your commitment and motivation as you move forward on your ever-evolving goals.

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