Contributed by Diane Harrison, www.healthpsa.info
Is the toughest part of goal-setting making the goals or modifying them correctly? Even if your goals are reasonable yet challenging, you’ll likely have to change them—and that’s okay! Everyone can benefit from actually figuring out their goals (long-term and short-term) and coming up with a visual means of working towards them. However, writing them down with a pen can be intimidating. It makes goals feel permanent, unmoving, and unchanging. Goals are actually very fluid and should be changed.
Physically writing down goals is always the best approach because there are numerous benefits attached to the act, many of which are psychological. Does a goal exist if you don’t hand-write it? Perhaps, but it doesn’t have the same odds of getting done. Write them down with a sharpened pencil and keep the goals visible. Re-visit them regularly as motivation and a reminder of the short-term goals you can tackle immediately. If a goal doesn’t fit with your current or changed situation, modify it. You haven’t failed; the circumstances have simply changed.
Here’s how to modify with meaning!
Goals are designed to change, so don’t be afraid to exercise that right. When you created your business plan, you didn’t go without any edits or re-drafts. Consider your goals to be a tool that’s working for you, not against you, and one that welcomes change.
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Ken Presutti is a certified ChiRunning instructor, ACE Personal trainer, Spinning instructor, and coach. This blog is a mix of new articles and posts from his original blog, Overkill is Underrated.