Most people set goals….they are called New Year’s Resolutions! Why do most people fail in their goals? Because they set outcome oriented goals, rather than process oriented goals.
Outcome Oriented Goals:
Lose 10 lbs
Raise income by 10%
Spend more time with my family
All of these are outcome rather than process oriented goals! I believe that outcome oriented goals are a great place to start but a terrible place to stop! Once we make outcome oriented goals, we then need to break them down into process oriented goals! Process oriented goals are based on daily habits!
Here are some examples:
Outcome Oriented Goal: Lose 10 lbs. Process Oriented Goal: Exercise Monday through Friday for 30 minutes at 6:30AM.
Outcome Oriented Goal: Raise income by 10%. Process Oriented Goals: Spend time with key givers. Increase sales calls/meeting by 20%. Work 10 hrs more per week for the next 8 weeks.
Outcome Oriented Goal: Spend more time with my family. Process Oriented Goal: Date Night on Friday Night and Family Night on Tue Nights. No other appointments allowed!
There are so many advantages to valuing the process over the outcome, but here are: Three Reasons To Value The Process Over the Outcome
We can affect the process faster than the outcome.
We can affect the process..today! Because we can affect the process faster than the outcome, it keeps us from feeling defeated and hopeless. Action + Traction = Satisfaction! Feel successful today by being faithful to the process, and trust that the scoreboard will take care of itself!
We can change by changing what we do daily.
Process oriented change begins with my calendar. I evaluate how I am spending my time. I take a calendar audit. I determine how I need to spend my time and I plan my day. Either I plan my day or my day will plan me! Change happens one habit at a time. We change by changing what we do daily. We can’t PRESUME on growth, but we can get PREPARED for growth!
We can stay focused on the big picture.
We tend to overestimate what we can do in the short run but underestimate what we can do in the long run. There is a compound effect to our habits. If I exercise for thirty days I may not yet see a big difference. After I have done so for ninety days I can tell a huge difference! Valuing the process over the outcome allows me to stay focused on the long range effects of my habits and keeps me focused on the big picture.