Finding time to create and pursue your goals while being flexible might sound like a contradiction. But you know what? I doesn’t have to be. In fact, I would say that flexibility is key to attaining your goals AND setting goals can actually help you develop your flexibility.
The following tips will enable you to become more fluid and flexible as you work to attain your goals.
1. Develop an Attitude of Expansiveness. Breathe deep and relax your body as you open and expand. Encourage yourself to broaden your viewpoint and allow for more than one possibility. For example, you might combine two divergent ideas to create a new option that will enrich the outcome of your goal.
2. Discard Outworn Expectations. When you find your goals thwarted, explore whether you are expecting life to play by rules you learned long ago. Let go of rigidity based on ‘shoulds’ that needlessly restrict you. Encourage yourself to create a wider base.
3. Draw on Your Creativity. Ask yourself “What if…” Try on different options until you find new connections. Encourage visualization and fantasy.
And here’s a bonus tip that often doesn’t occur to us … but will move your goals toward completion while also fostering connections and a nice give-and-take with friends, family and colleagues:
Be Willing to Ask for Help. Find experts and ask for suggestions and feedback. Allow yourself to broaden the scope of your goal by engaging in problem-solving dialogue. Often an objective outsider will have just the solution you’re looking for!
© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.