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Flexibility in Goal Setting
Are you a flexible goal setter?
In this video, Jennifer Franklin, author and writer, addresses how to remain flexible while working toward goals. She even suggests that remaining open to adjusting the goal as you go can often lead to a better outcome than originally hoped for.
What does it look like to be “flexible” in goal setting? Jennifer offers two practical tips: “Building in some safeguards that will allow you to maybe adjust the timeline slightly,” she says. But also, “Give yourself a little bit more space to really figure out if what you're aiming for.”
While the real key to flexible goal setting is allowing yourself to accept changes along the way as growth and not failure. Jennifer says, “You really have to shift your mindset into thinking that that is growth and not failure.”
A personal example for me is I've set out to tell a certain story in the past. It could be for a magazine, or even, it happened with one of the chapters in my book, and I got in and I realized that the story that I thought I was going to find really wasn't the exact story that I'd wanted to tell and needed to tell.
And so I think it's important to give yourself a little bit of space to be flexible with the goal at hand. And sometimes the results can ultimately be better than what you had originally planned. Kind of building in some safeguards that will allow you to maybe adjust the timeline slightly, give yourself a little bit more space to really figure out if what you're aiming for, what you were aiming for initially is really where you want to end up.
I think that a lot of times when we get a little bit too rigid, and we commit to a goal with our whole selves, we really want to land where we said that we were going to land. And sometimes the surprises can really be the biggest accomplishments, and the biggest pieces of joy, both personally and professionally. You really have to shift your mindset into thinking that that is growth and not failure.
For me, I know that we, when Mary Frances and I were co-authoring the book together, we had to shift some deadlines. And that really gave us the space to tell some stories that we would've not otherwise had the time and the space to tell. And so rather than feeling like we were a failure because we were a month late turning in the manuscript, what we decided to celebrate was the fact that we got to include so many other stories that otherwise wouldn't have been told.
So I think it's always important to give yourself the space and flexibility to learn something through the process and adjust your goals to suit.
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