Good Morning!  Good Day!  I trust you have had a wonderful and productive week.  If not, that’s okay, too.  We are embarking on a new week, and I’ve come with some thoughts about our goals to help you with this new week.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius.

When it looks like you will not reach your goals, what is your instinctual response?  Do you adjust the goals or the action steps? 

I’ve never really given this any thought before until I came across this quote recently.  I have to say that I’ve probably done a little bit of both in the past without even thinking about it.  Since coming across this quote, I’ve given myself time to ponder on it, and I’ve come up with some thoughts.

The “Ifs” About Goals

If the goal is important enough, I don’t think I would adjust it and I doubt you will, too.  If we want it bad enough, we will make all the necessary adjustments along the way to get there.

If we have written the goal down, we have committed to it.  We have analyzed it enough to know it might be difficult but worth each step along the way to reach it.

If we review our goal every day and keep it visible, we will take the necessary action steps. 

If we planned all the steps and considered the time needed for each step, we will not need to adjust the goal.  We will reach it on time. 

If we are consistent and keep doing that one thing every day that aligns with our goal, we will reach it on time. 

Goals & Time

Time.  Reaching the goal by the desired date can be the biggest challenge.  Sometimes, we are more ambitious in planning and do not consider how long certain steps may take to complete.  Sometimes unforeseen obstacles present themselves, and we need to determine how we will get around them.  That’s when we adjust the action steps.  When adversity comes to visit, we must stay focused, adjust, and keep going.  If in the end, we need to adjust the due date for a goal, I say that’s better than not reaching the goal at all.   

Setting goals effectively takes practice, and in time, it gets easier. No one is perfect, and no one is great at it at first. The key is to stay focused, keep going, and learn along the way. In a previous entry, I outlined some easy tips to setting goals.

Question of the Day: Do you more often adjust your action steps or your goals? Is there a specific situation where you will adjust your goals? Please answer in the comment section below, so we can create a conversation from which we all benefit.

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