Over a recent business lunch I was helping a colleague with making decisions about her new business, and she was surprised and inspired when I suggested she should re-evaluate her goals every now and them to see whether they were still what she wanted to strive towards.
She told me that one piece of advice had just lifted a great weight off her shoulders. She'd only ever heard of sticking to your goals and doing all you can to achieve them. Time and again I hear that kind of comment, and in most instances it's great to have goals that you do all you can to achieve. But, we live in a world where we are often encouraged to set unrealistic goals for ourselves, or our circumstances change, or our life outlook and priorities change, so why keep striving for a goal that was set when your mind (and maybe body) were in a different place?
Each situation is different and should be measured as such. Some goals should be kept as they are. Some goals may benefit from being revised. We aren't failures if we don't achieve our goals; if those goals become obsolete. We should embrace the opportunity to use our experience to make positive changes. When we realise that a goal we've been working towards might not be the best course of action it can take a lot to admit to ourself that it's OK to stop striving for that goal, but sometimes if you keep going towards a goal, simply because at one point you made that goal, it could be bad for you; physically, mentally or financially.
Now, please don't take this as your queue to be lazy and give up on goals that are still achievable and suitable for you. Goals are important and help to give us focus to meet the improvements we want to see.
Is it time you revisited your goals? Have you had a lightbulb moment where you realised a change was for the best? I'd love to hear what you think about this, so please drop me an email or comment below...