Some say that a goal is something that you 100% should know what it is so you know how to go after it. I believe that in some cases it might be true, but in most cases, it's a bit more complicated than that. If your goal is to become an astronaut, then you have a rigid goal. But if you want to become a successful entrepreneur or businessman/woman then the goal is a bit more flexible.
So how do I know if my goal is a rigid goal or a flexible goal?
How to know if you have a flexible goal
What I mean with a flexible goal is when you have a goal but you're not sure in what way you will get there, which also sounds like a rigid goal but let me explain.
If I use the example I used about becoming a successful entrepreneur. That can be in a lot of ways, you can become an entrepreneur by being a founder of a start-up, by indie hacking together an app or maybe starting a new way of running a carpentry business, etc.
So if you don't know what you want to become a successful entrepreneur in, but you know you want to become a successful entrepreneur. Then you have a flexible goal. I think in these cases it's important to ask yourself: "When am I a successful entrepreneur in my opinion?" And I think most flexible goals should have a rigid goal in it (a finish line), just to know when you have reached this goal.
How to know if you have a rigid goal
If I use the example I used above of becoming an astronaut, then you know what you want to become. Or if your goal is to go to Japan, then you know where you want to go. A rigid goal is a goal where you know what you want to be or get, or where you want to go.
I think it's important to still be flexible as in a flexible goal because even if you know what you want to go or be, you still need to be able to adapt on the way there. Especially today when everything can change so fast.
Flexible goals vs rigid goals: Conclusion
My conclusion with flexible goals and rigid goals is that there is no "best type of goal", it's more what type is the best fit for you and your goals.
In almost every goal you have to be flexible and have a finish line. If you're not ready to adapt to get where you want it's going to be a lot harder. And just to clarify by saying you have to be ready to adapt I don't mean doing something illegal, what I mean with adapting is to be ready to change course to get where you want.
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A list of examples of rigid goals and flexible goals
- I want to become an astronaut = Rigid goal
- I want to become a famous football player = Flexible goal
- I want to become a lawyer = Rigid goal
- I want to become famous = Flexible goal
- I want to go to Japan = Rigid goal
- I want to travel around the world = Flexible goal
- I want to become a millionaire = Rigid goal
- I want to become healthier = Flexible goal
- I want to learn to speak French = Flexible goal
- I want to hold a 5-minute conversation in French = Rigid goal