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The Benefits of Flexible Goal Setting

The Benefits of Flexible Goal Setting

If the past year and a half has taught us anything, it’s that the world can change in an instant. Now more than ever we realise how life can derail even the most concrete of plans. Because of this, setting goals has become a lot more complicated, but there might be an easy solution to have you completing that check list without the usual stress and disappointment.

It’s time to give yourself a break with flexible goal setting. This approach encourages you to set goals that you are able to change just as much as life does. Flexibility is not about flip-flopping on your goals but giving you the freedom to achieve them when constantly faced with unknown roadblocks.

With it being near the end of the year and 2022 fast approaching, think back on the goals you made at the start of the year. How many of those were abandoned after only a few months or even weeks because you felt they were too difficult? Maybe you thought that if you weren’t overly succeeding at them then what was the point of doing it at all. For the goals that are still important to you now, why were they different and how can you use this experience to better your 2022 and create new and achievable ones?

Along with your own experiences of success, you can also improve your goal setting by adopting an elastic approach and adapting your goals depending on your own circumstances. You shouldn’t go into your goals with an all-or-nothing mindset, this will only make you view them as failures. There will be times when your goals won’t be realistic to achieve in your current situation but that doesn’t mean you should throw them and all your hard work out the window. You should still feel encouraged to set long term plans but the key to their success is allowing yourself the flexibility to make changes as you go.

Here are five ways you can practice flexibility in your life and goal setting.

  1. Make a long list of micro-goals that you can choose from, rather than one big resolution. This can be beneficial for your overall wellness as it makes the task appear less stressful and daunting.
  2. Be willing to modify and question your plan. Don’t blindly follow a plan if it is clearly not working or not feasible anymore. Improvise and innovate.
  3. When setting goals, be open to unexpected opportunities. Often the most reliable information you receive is while you’re working on a task, not before you start it.
  4. Try and change the order of your daily routines to practice being flexible in small ways. If you start building up a tolerance for flexibility, it will become easier to perform when you’re faced with unexpected challenges.
  5. Give yourself the freedom to adapt your plans to a continually evolving environment to ensure success in accomplishing your goals.
Don’t forget, a bad plan is always better than no plan at all. The most important part of any plan is the flexibility to change it.

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