3 reasons for writing a new goal

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March 15, 2021

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The short answer: write a new goal when the time is up.

We all have the temptation of extending, or rolling over, our goals. The situation usually goes like this: we write a goal, we are at the deadline (if we set any at all), we have not achieved the goal but it is still important. In fact, just as we were getting close to the deadline, we started seeing progress. 

This seems like the worst time to drop our goals. So, why write new ones?

Here are a few reasons for writing a new goal:

  1. We’ve changed: We know more than we did when we first wrote our goal. We’ve tested some strategies, had conversations, reflected, and learned lessons. If we were to write the same goal again, chances are we would write it differently. So, why stick with the outdated version?
  1. Circumstances have changed: This may be a better time to focus on something different. There are new opportunities and challenges around us. Also, while we may not have “achieved” the goal, we may have done enough to set a change in motion. Perhaps our attention is better used elsewhere.
  1. Swap defeat for decisions: There is a stagnation that comes with extending our goals, a sense of defeat. This happens when we see goals as handcuffs rather than handrails. At the deadline, we get to stop and decide what is important next and how to best define it. This decision is newly found ground we can stand on and move from.

This may all sound uncomfortable because we are ill-trained to “achieve” goals. But, consider the idea that the “achievement” of a goal is often a measure of how UNambitious we’ve been. What matters is how far we’ve moved in the direction we wanted to go. Goals help us focus, generate movement, and set change in motion. 


There are no deadlines for completion, just deadlines to remind us to stop, reckon with the results, and think again.

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