Four ingredients for meeting goals despite adversity

Hello, Sustainable Institution Readers.
As I have written previously, I have recently taken up yoga. I am combining this practice with the running, stationary biking, and weight training I usually do. I am just starting to see some of yoga’s physical benefits. You can see some of these benefits for yourself in this infographic (Gregoirie, 2013, October 28, downloaded May 14, 2014 from
One of the early benefits is increased flexibility. Widening my stride has long been a goal of mine. When I was running this morning, after my home yoga practice, I noticed that my stride was starting to lengthen. My hamstrings were looser and this seemed to result in a longer and more efficient stride. While I had made efforts to open my stride previously, some of the stretches involved in yoga practice seem to be paying off.
Reflecting on this recent progress, I thought of a post I recently read by fitness blogger Amy Clover (Clover, 2014, May 8, downloaded May 14, 2014 from ). Clower provided several examples of intention setting from a fairly individualized mindset. That is, she wrote about how individuals can set goals for themselves in their relationships, workouts, and work.
All of this is good, but Clower did not neglect the very important idea of how individual goals may be impacted by other people. Our goals certainly impact what we bring to the table. Our individual willpower to achieve these goals are, granted, one of the most important things we can bring to the table. However, it is not our willpower alone that impacts what accomplish.
In our social lives, there are circumstances and people who possibly make reaching goals more difficult than we might originally envision. However, we can still reach our individual goals (or the goals we have been charged with carrying out). First, the knowledge and/or awareness of how to make a situation better is important. Knowledge and awareness gives us the tools to make better decisions, make adjustments, and so forth.
Secondly, we must have the willpower to go beyond any obstacle that may come up. It does not do very much good to merely complain. Instead, we can only achieve things if there is an action actually being proactively done.
Creativity is also very important. When circumstances warrant, flexibility and creativity may find a way to still accomplish the goal. Sometimes, a person or institutional process will be resistant to change even if they made the goals. In these moments, we need to find an ethical, but creative solution around the problem so that the goal can still be fully accomplished.
The last ingredient to success under these circumstances is mental fortitude. If we are strong enough to not let ourselves be shaken from our mission, we are much less likely to fail. That does not mean we will always be successful, but there is little to gain in giving up either on a goal or even on a person. In our important relationships, we need to be able to give our all even when goals collide.
Whether it be individually based or more corporate based, we need to use intentional strategies to achieve goals. While our ultimate methods may look different than when we set the goal, we can still meet the standards and goals of our corporate life together. To do so, we must utilize knowledge, be pro-active in finding solutions, utilize creativity and flexibility to arrive at these solutions, and have the mental fortitude to implement these changes even when it is difficult.
Be at your best,
Andrew Bennett


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