Planning Around Obstacles

April 9th, 2015

In the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhgigg, I found this interesting regarding the recovery of older patients after knee surgery.

“The patients who had written plans in their booklets had started walking almost twice as fast as the ones who had not. They had started getting in and out of their chairs, unassisted, almost three times as fast. They were putting on their shoes, doing the laundry, and making themselves meals quicker than the patients who hadn’t scribbled out goals ahead of time.”

Charles goes on to state the importance of seeing where you could get deterred and planning ahead for what you would do should that occur, which reminded me of the goal chart I often use with my clients. Our goal charts have a column that asks you to consider what could happen that would stop or slow you down from reaching your goal. The adjoining column asks you to fill in what you would do if this became an issue. With this more detailed plan in place with action steps to get you past the obstacles, the likelihood of reaching your goals is much greater.
Take a look at your goals today. Maybe you created some at the beginning of the year? How are they coming along? Is it possible you simply set goals but didn’t think in detail about how you would overcome any obstacles that might get in your way? Some common obstacles might be: not enough time, not enough information, family priorities, or running out of money. Take another look at those goals and spend some time considering your obstacles and how going forward you can create a written plan with actionable steps to keep you moving forward.
I would love to hear some of your obstacles and solutions!
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