Does changing goals make you feel like you’ve failed? It shouldn’t. There are times when you must change your goals to realize the life that you’ve always wanted. And on the flip side, there are times you shouldn’t change your goals. The best way to figure out whether you should keep your goals or ditch them is to ask yourself these two simple questions, “Is this really important to me?” If you answered in the affirmative, now ask, “Why?”. If you answered in the negative, ask, “Why not?” When you ask yourself these questions, be honest. Don’t let circumstances or fear lower what you believe you’re capable of achieving.
There are three reasons why you should change your goals.
First, the goals you set for yourself aren’t yours. Someone gave you the goals, or you picked goals you thought you should. Getting clear on what’s important to you and where you want to go takes the time to develop. This clarity is defining what success means to you. When you don’t do this, you end up adopting someone else’s definition of success. This mistake is where the disconnect begins. What you say is important doesn’t resonate with you internally. It’s imperative that you take the time to discover what success means to you. Then build a life around that.
Second, the goals you set for yourself are no longer relevant. Your values, beliefs, and priorities can change as you mature making the goals you’ve clung to irrelevant without you realizing it. Don’t get stuck in something that was a goal but isn’t anymore. Change your goal if it doesn’t line up with your life. Take the time to sit down and consciously set a new destination and then create goals that will help you reach it.
Third, you’ve achieved it. Congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. Now get back to work. Just because you’ve realized the goals you’ve set for yourself doesn’t mean you’re done. It means that it’s time to sit down, determine a new destination, and set some new, bigger goals!
What if your goals are still important to you?
Keep pushing! NEVER resort to changing goals because it’s hard. Well set goals are going to stretch you and push you to become more. Embrace the challenge and grow! With the abundance of resources and knowledge in the world today, you can do it! Don’t change your goals if you’re bored. Daily tasks, over time, can become monotonous. Remember WHY you’re going for the goal and do the tasks anyway! Even if you think the goal is easy to achieve, do it and then create bigger goals to go after.
In life, changing goals can and should happen. Realizing there’s a difference between shifting course and giving up is key to showing the world just how AMAZING you are!