We aren't talking yoga here, although that's important too. We're talking life plans. It’s always a good idea to have a plan, whether it’s for your workout goals, your spring cleaning, or your career. Having a plan can help you stay motivated and find a path towards reaching your goals. While we can’t stress enough the importance of formulating a plan to help you reach your goals, we also know that sometimes you have to throw that plan to the wind and rewrite the whole dang thing. In fact, having the ability to be flexible with your plan is just as important as having the plan in the first place, and here’s why:

People change, including yourself.
We hear it all the time. People change, and when they do, the things that motivate them often change too. When you were 8 years old, your goals were probably a lot different than they are today, and 10 years from now, it’s quite possible that your goals will again be very different. It’s okay to alter your plan a little when the end goal shifts.

The world changes.
And it changes fast. Just look at how quickly technology changes. When the tools you are using to reach your goals are constantly changing, the way you utilize those tools changes too, and if you aren't flexible enough with the plan to pounce on new opportunities as they arise, you'll miss out on a ton.

You can’t see the future.
You can only plan so far ahead, and you are inevitably going to run into some hardships. That’s just the way life is, and while it’s a total bummer, it’s also a great opportunity to show of your planning flexibility, by working through unexpected life events.

Creating a plan can give you a sense of direction and a strategy to reach your goals, but try not to let it be written in stone. You and the world around you are constantly changing, and your plan should be too. If you maintain a little flexibility when it comes to the plan, staying motivated will be a complete breeze.