In a previous blockbuster article, I argued that short-range goals provide us with metrics to know if we are on the right track. Therefore, it’s always wise to reevaluate our plans if they aren’t showing any tangible results after a certain amount of time. Flexibility means revising the processes until we find the one that works. We must not be so rigid that we won’t revisit our methods even if we know we should. Equally, we mustn’t be so indecisive that we alter our processes at the first sight of failure. We need to strike a balance. Below are some questions that can help you clarify when it’s appropriate to devise an alternative action plan when working towards a long-term goal.

  1. How long have you used these techniques?
  2. Are you impatient? 
  3. Have you applied every aspect of that method to the best of your ability?
  4. Have you consulted with at least three people after you realized your hard work was fruitless? 
  5. Are there any limiting beliefs getting in the way?
  6. Do you suffer from any health condition that is preventing you from reaching your goal?
  7. Have you exercised creativity, judgment, and commonsense? What works for others may not work for you.

Note: Always seek a doctor’s advice and make sure there are no health conditions standing between you and your goals.


These questions should help you decide if and when to change your methods. Often, all we need is the right question, then we can make the right decision. Hope you find this article helpful, as I have.