Flexibility can be just as important in setting goals as it is during grand battements. A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that we're more likely to pursue goals when they include a range of ideal outcomes, rather than being ultra-specific.
The study’s authors say a more flexible goal offers “the best of both worlds” because the low end of the range increases attainability, while the high end increases the challenge. Apparently, we experience a greater sense of accomplishment when a goal is both attainable and challenging, and feelings of accomplishment make us more inclined to continue to pursue a goal.
So, next time you’re looking to tackle a few more fouettés on pointe, try aiming for 28 to 34 instead of exactly 32. You may find yourself more motivated than usual.