Do Your Goals Embrace Change?

Time is money.

“Focus on productivity, not just being busy.” ~Tim Ferris

Most traditional goal planning is virtually meaningless in the avalanche of changes our modern world delivers. Forces like technology and social media call into question everything we believe to be true about the way business operates.

What we see and accept as reality today often changes in the blink of an eye. Strategy for setting goals and making business planning efforts would benefit greatly from accepting the reality of these constant changes and their reach into our lives.

Most of us take on way too much. We are too busy already and so the thought of setting goals often overwhelms us. A helpful strategy is to start by considering what to LET GO before creating a newer version.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

Changes are inevitable.  Expect & embrace it.

Changes are inevitable. Expect & embrace them.

Relax, de-stress and create space for new growth by first letting GO of old growth. Like weeding a garden, we make space for new growth first, and often a big part of that is looking within, doing inner personal assessment.

We make space for new growth by deleting junk in life that gets in the way. This ‘junk’ may be in the form of thoughts and personal perceptions (lame ideas to let go), negative people, time drains or physical clutter. This ‘junk’ can even be the tendency to cling to your old default mode of doing things in a way that clearly doesn’t work well or deserve such attention. You know, as in the definition of insanity?

Don't put all of your eggs in one basket, especially when you do not own the basket.For example, my default mode used to be mostly publishing primarily on a free web platform I loved.. Huge abrupt changes to the site algorithms goofed up the appearance of web pages. Later even more stress from Squidoo lost its shine as a priority.

That change has been tough! It was my default mode, a comfy way to publish online since 2006. I’d developed great relationships and decent earnings. However to devote so much of my time to such an unpredictable web platform not under my control? No can do.

So huge learning curves have interrupted my goals, directions that are wise and yet time-consuming and often quite challenging as I wade through unfamiliar territory online.


1) Approach your goals and business plans as more of an art than a science.

Traditional goals usually appear as linear lists and bullet points. That’s ok if it works
for you but if these dry templates don’t rock your boat, consider ways that do.
What if you started a blank book that included drawings or doodles, color and images along with plans, a vision of where and who you want to be. You might keep a separate more business-looking set of plans if needed, but the crucial point is that your plans have enough meaning and passion for you to WANT to go there. Often!

Even the best thinking involves guesswork. Strive to recognize any assumptions that may hide under your plans and focus on what works for YOU! Include how you think and feel about the plans. Your personal attitude and your own relationship to the plans will make a huge difference.

priorities.firstthingsfirst.spiralclock2) Create a planning framework that is flexible to changes.
Instead of thinking of goals as a rigid final product, gear for a series of guideposts or key topics to focus toward. Welcome opportunities to add or revise any parts of your plan,
or to even eliminate parts of it. Situations change, so avoid chasing after a goal that no
longer has meaning and substitute if for one that does.

Think of goals and business planning as flexible works in progress. Just START if you
haven’t already, even if that’s just jotting down lists and ideas in a notebook. What’s most important is that you come back and review it regularly, not what you wrote the first day. Add projects as you feel passionate about them, but be realistic and resist adding huge projects without having time to roll them out. I keep a list of new possibilities to consider, and add one of them to my plan as time allows.

3) Treat the plan as a living and growing document.

Make a conscious decision to review your plan regularly. Evaluate and revise it in whatever ways have meaning for you. Question your assumptions. Above all, stay flexible and open to change. Don’t let anything get in the way of reworking the plan in order to take forward strides.

As you plan, be ready not just to tolerate change, but it embrace it. In fact, it relies on your building in changes as a key factor that will keep you on the best course to succeed.

As Danielle LaPorte describes, some ‘lame ideas to let go of” might be crucial to growth – a matter of releasing lame and false inner perceptions. In fact, maybe no one has ever taken a completely inside out and upside down fresh look at goal-setting as Danielle La Porte.
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Whatever strategy you choose to plan and set goals, consider new ways to focus on your unique passions and intentions regularly, never just once a year. Simply start with some weekly plan of focus, one beyond simply staring at a list. Go deeper.
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Ever share goals with an accountibility partner or mastermind group? Once a friend and I agreed to set and share 3 goals weekly, then discuss them. Simple, yet very effective.

Do you use some ongoing method to focus on your goals? Love hearing your take in the comments below.

Carolan Ross

CFO(Chief Fun Officer) at SoloSpark
Freelance writer, creative soul, solopreneur and former teacher who networks with rebels, visionaries, artists and other square pegs in round holes. I support solopreneurs with copywriting and juggling life and business to SHINE ONLINE!


  1. says

    A great wealth of information fills this post. Most useful for me is “Relax, de-stress and create space for new growth by first letting GO of old growth.”. Thank you.

  2. says

    I love what you said about approaching your goals as an art and not a science. I believe we get too contracted around achieving our goals and that is one of the things that can prevent us from being effective. I like the idea of playing with and exploring our goals and not taking it too seriously (even if the goal is important). A light and curious attitude will always yield better results.

    • says

      Yes, often that approach toward goals is just SO rigid – no wonder people feel frustrated! I’m a big believer in the importance of goals, however feel it is equally important to discover ways that make the process more meaningful and enjoyable… more of an art than a science, yes!

  3. says

    I do like all of your suggestions however treating it as a living and growing document really resonates with me. It is one that I feel would be very beneficial to include in my goal setting. Thanks for the idea. Best Regards, Wendy UBC

    • says

      Yes, after all a business is a living and growing entity, therefore why not consider business goals the same way? It tends to take pressure off when we allow flexibility, to even welcome slight changes in direction now and then. Aiming for targets is wise, and so is adjusting the targets every now and then. Thanks Wendy, good to know that resonates.

  4. Bonnie says

    I am doing just this now in my business, and am embracing the change. It’s not always easy…there is fear of the unknown, but being able to roll with the punches and be flexible is helping me. Thanks for your post!

    • says

      Yep. Change is rarely easy, Bonnie, and fear of the unknown is common. I think the bottom line is to continue taking action, and like you say… ‘being able to roll with the punches and be flexible’. That flexibility is key. Goals do not have to be rigid and set in stone. It’s healthy to readjust the sails every now and then.

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