At one time, my top three (3) goals were to secure my publishing deal, increase my number of confirmed speaking engagements, and lose 25 pounds.
I prepared my plans to reach each of these goals. And I was committed and dedicated to my PLAN!!! Well, after several months, I didn’t lose any weight with the plan I was following. So I got frustrated with myself and stopped trying to lose the weight altogether. I convinced myself that “I just can’t lose this weight”.
Through the wisdom of my mentor, Paul Martinelli, the President of the John Maxwell Team, I now understand that my goal of losing the weight was not the problem. I was more than capable of reaching my goal. The challenge was with my plan. Instead of “throwing away” the goal of losing 25 pounds, I needed to access and evaluate my plan on how I was going to lose the weight.
Many times, we are more committed to the plan than we are to reaching the goal. And here lies our problem!!!
My goal was to lose 25 pounds. The plan I put in place, did not work. So instead of getting frustrated and thinking I couldn’t reach the goal, I should have spent time evaluating and adjusting my plan. I was working out on my own, so maybe I needed to hire a trainer. Instead of continuing to eat the same way, maybe I needed to join Weight Watcher or NutriSystem. Instead of working out 2-3 days a week, maybe I needed to work out 4-5 days a week. Basically, my focus should have been on adjusting my plan, not walking away from my goal.
What goal have you set that you are about to call it quits when the problem is not the goal, but your plan?
I want you to ask yourself right now, Am I committed to the goal or to the plan?
Please know, I am a HUGE advocate of having plans. And I am so grateful to Paul and his wisdom that has allowed me to grow in my awareness.
In order to reach our goals, we must commit to our goal, and be flexible with our plan.