Day 15: Smart Goal Setting Demands "Rigid Flexibility" When it comes to “smart goal setting”, flexibility needs to be a part of your planning. There is a term I learned several years ago when I was working as a part of the “Fire Team” while working for Tony Robbins at his “Unleash The Power Within” seminars. At these events, Tony leads the participants in a “Fire walk” where they walk across hot coals as an exercise to overcome fears and limiting beliefs.
The Fire Team is a group of individuals who are responsible for creating the fire walk experience. That means that we would arrive at a hotel, report to the area that the administration team had selected with the facility and the city that was determined to be the safest spot for us to do our job, and begin transforming that space into a “fire walk”. We physically transformed parking lots, fields, areas underneath highway overpasses and city streets into a space that would allow us to safely build a huge bonfire, lay out 20-30 “lanes” which are the areas that the participants would walk across the hot coals, and then we would be responsible for the safety of anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 people as Tony led them in walking across hot coals. Then we would tear everything down, clean it up and restore the space to the condition it was in before we started.
Smart goal setting was the only thing that allowed the Fire Team to do this again and again all over the world. There was a term we used to make this all happen in under 12 hours. The term was “rigid flexibility”. It meant that we were so committed to the outcome of having a safe and successful fire walk, that we knew that we were going to have to be super flexible. That there could not be debates about it, that when the plans called for us to make a change, we were committed to making that change happen as quickly as possible to allow us to achieve our outcome.
Smart goal setting means that you realize that to succeed, there will be times where you need to course correct. There’s an old saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again”. One small distinction… will make one HUGE difference. “If at first you don’t succeed… change your approach!”
Look at what you’ve already accomplished. I’m willing to bet you have accomplished some amazing things and made great progress. Are you where you wanted to be by this point? If not, is there something you need to change? Do you need to become more disciplined? Do you need to change your attitude? Do you need to leverage more to others?
If you are “off course” review your journal and look at what you may have “skipped”. Make the adjustments, and stay focused on the result. Smart goal setting can save you time, energy and money. Remember… rigid flexibility.
Review Day 1: Back To Basics
Review Day 2: The Ultimate Success Formula
Review Day 3: Get Some Leverage
Review Day 4: Brainstorm Options
Review Day 5: Begin With The End In Mind
Review Day 6: Identify Resources
Review Day 7: Take Authentic Action
Review Day 8: Increase Your Personal Self-Awareness
Review Day 9: Create A List Of Affirmations
Review Day 10: Definition Of Self Awareness
Review Day 11: Overcoming Anxiety
Review Day 12: Identifying Your Biggest Weakness
Review Day 13: Increasing Self-Awareness
Review Day 14: The Be-Do-Have Paradigm
Proceed to Day 16: Using Mental Imagery
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