23-145 The Prize #5

Today’s Mandala Message: It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

This week I’m working through Principle #27 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Keep Your Eye on the Prize”. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of changing my mind about my goal(s)…not so much about the goals themselves, but the how of them. I can still keep my eye on the prize while being open to making changes as to how I achieve the prize.

I’ll continue the discussion on a goal I mentioned the other day about using Duolingo to learn French. Over time, the how of it changed in that I became more obsessed with scoring high on the leaderboard every week rather than staying focused on actually learning French. I realized I lost track of my initial intention.

The other day I had the thought to just quit Duolingo completely and then I figured out that there’s a better way. I opted to start all over with their lessons, to focus on using it as a learning tool versus a gaming tool. I also changed the how of learning French by taking online classes via our local community college, subscribing to a couple of French learning youtube channels, and purchasing some highly-regarded French workbooks. While my goal has stayed the same through all of this, I’ve changed my mind about how I’m going to achieve that goal.

A good mindfulness practice would be to consider checking in with your goal on a regular basis to ask yourself: does anything need to change?

So how about you? Are you so locked into your how that making any changes seems unlikely? …even if your struggling to achieve the goal the way you’re currently going at it? Are you open to changing your how?

“Progress is impossible
without change;
and those
who cannot
change their minds
cannot change anything.”

— George Bernard Shaw


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