Author: Don MacNaughton
Much of any process and formula used to pursue and achieve goals will have areas of self-improvement as part of the examination. Goal setting for discovering success can be thought of as a blueprint or map for developng a set of end goals and process goals. The desired results are the end goals, and the process goals can be considered as short-term objectives.
We’re all familiar with the concept of being hard, being steadfast and pursuing things in a straight path to our goals. What about being flexible? What does this hold for us? Being flexible is another way of being strong and steadfast, if you think about it. So, flexibility can actually be a recurring process goal built in to a regular routine, or another viewpoint of your daily process goals.
“Just as a sapless tree will split and decay so an inflexible force will meet defeat” – Tao Te Ching
Flexibility can provide you with tremendous power. Flexibility can have as much power, or even much more power than the sheer force of will and determination. Think of the power, energy, and force of water. One of the greatest athletes of all time, Bruce Lee, used the example of water in demonstrating his philosophy about life. What is more flexible and soft than water? It can flow between gaps we cannot even see. It molds itself to any situation or container, yet over many years it can carve deep canyons. Though its methods can seem long and we may see it as a slow and weak flowing substance, can it not crash and cause devastation, or seep into cracks and then freeze, splitting things apart?
This relates to us in ways that may not be immediately clear. In fact, most people may ignore and misunderstand the power of flexibility when it comes to self improvement. Just as water may be immediately diverted from its path, so may we. However, that does not mean that we have to stop in our tracks. We can and should continue on our journey, finding the little cracks and crevices in life that will help us to continue flowing toward our goals. Figuring out the journey is part of the process and we should enjoy it. To your delight, quite often you too may find this aspect of self-discovery is something that would have been missed, or even swept aside without the self-awareness to be flexible.
We could not always end up considering the route we first charted, however, as long as we go forward in a favorable path, does it really matter how we get to where we want to be? The opportunities presented to those that are open to flexibility can frequently turn out to be the most influential aspects of future accomplishments. You do not forever have to stay the course of action of an original plan to attain success.
About the Author
Want to Learn More About Donald MacNaughton? http://www.donmacnaughton.org. His work spans leadership and performance development in both the corporate and sporting arenas. Zoned in Performance is a business consultancy specialising in High Performance Coaching. Learn more about “Mental Toughness” to achieve winning results, and sign up free at both links for the “The Winning Edge”. Find out more at http://highperformancecoaching.org.