Effective Goals Should be Dynamic

How often do you find yourself revising your goals? If you are like most people it’s more often that you care to admit.

Goals Are Not Static

The word static refers something that is fixed or stationary. That actually sounds like something that should be a trait of a goal, and to some extent it is. However, even the best goals can run into obstacles that may make it necessary to alter them. Now that does not always happen, but I suspect, based on my own experience, that the more long-range a goal is the more likely it is that it will need fine tuning somewhere along the way. That is why I’m a firm believer that effective goals should be dynamic.

An Example

Years ago I was involved in coaching a softball team that was not experiencing much success. After this had gone on for a while I decided one game to make wholesale changes as to which players played each position. It was the same people but in different positions. There was some push back but I figured that our goal of watching players improve at their current positions was not working, so why not tweak it as an experiment, even if only for this one game. Amazingly we won and as I recall fairly handily. Now let me say I don’t take credit for that win. The players suddenly realized they had to focus on playing what was a new position to them. They had a new goal whether they thought of it that way or not. We didn’t really get much better over the rest of the season, but the point is a change is sometimes a way of getting unstuck. The same is true with goals. While in general they probably don’t change much, there may come a time when some level of change is in order, even sometimes a complete reworking. That is what I mean by the idea that effective goals should be dynamic. Without being willing to change it is easy to get caught in the trap referred to in a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

A Caveat

In the blog Stay Focused and Move to the Goal I mentioned the importance of staying focused on your goals to achieve them. This is the caveat I’m referring to in this section. While effective goals should be dynamic in order to avoid continuing in the wrong direction even after it is realized something is not going to work as planned, that in no way removes the necessity of keeping your eye on the prize. Yes, you may find it necessary to make changes to a goal, but then get right back to focusing on achieving it.

Are your goals so static as to eventually become meaningless? If so, perhaps it’s time to build in a little flexibility. Make sure your goals are dynamic by allowing modifications as justified by current conditions.

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