What do you do when you get off track on your goals?
Recently I was on a trip and I was getting directions by the GPS on my phone and somehow or other, I missed a turn.
Now if you’ve ever used GPS you probably know what happened next. I heard my phone say, ”Recalculating” and I got a new route to my destination.
You know, as I thought about it, the interesting thing was, my phone didn’t say, “Hey dummy, you missed the turn. Might as well turn around and go home.” and I think there’s actually a lesson there because often as we pursue our goals, we make a wrong turn or we miss a turn, we make mistakes, we screw up, we get distracted, we get sidetracked somehow and the temptation then is to quit – is to give up on the goal and just forget about it.
I think there’s a better approach. Which is to recalculate, adjust the route, change the plans but keep pursuing the goal.
Just like there are many routes to any particular destination there’s usually many ways to accomplish a goal there’s not just one right way.
So even if you have to recalculate several times, do it. If the goal is worth pursuing, it’s worth trying different routes to get there.
You know the truth is, I’ve had to do that many times. I can’t remember any time where the first plan I made was the one that actually worked in trying to accomplish a goal. I always had to change the plans or recalculate as I was going. If I didn’t do that, I never would have accomplished anything.
So if you’re in that place where you’re tempted to give up on a goal because you missed a turn or the plan didn’t work out. I’d suggest, don’t give up just yet. Try to adjust the plan, recalculate the route and recommit to the goal. I think you’ll be surprised at how far you’ll get.