We all have things that we want to achieve and excel at in our lives, creating optimal health, and fitness is typically high on most peoples list, as well as business success. But how to get from point A to point B is the question. Do we focus on the traditional goal setting methods or more so on the actual process of achieving our dreams. For many people, setting goals and creating accountability for themselves is a way that helps push them towards an objective. Many people set fitness goals, how much weight I want to lose, what workouts Ill do, what diet Ill follow, track miles, calories, days, and so on and so forth. Tedious and time consuming at best isnt it? Is there a better way, a way to work a system or process with markers to guide you, rather than set specific goals? I believe there is a better way. When it comes to actually getting things done and making progress in areas such as health and fitness, there is a much better way to do things. It all comes down to the difference between goals and process (systems). The Difference Between Goals and Process If youre a personal trainer as I am, my goal might be to train elite level athletes. My process would be to receive the proper education and training to work with athletes individually as well as teams. If your goal is to lose 75 pounds. Your process is your daily plan of working out, eating strategy, roadblocks you might encounter, and who can help you remain accountable. If youre a runner, your goal is to run your first 1/2 marathon or 5K. Your process is your training schedule for the next 3 months. Now consider this: What if you completely ignored your goals and focused only on the process, would you still achieve the results you desire? For example, if we consider the goal of losing 75 pounds, and you only focused on the process, would you, or should I say, could you still excel and achieve the 75 pound weight loss? I believe you would! The best example of focusing on process is Andrews Story in my testimonial area. Andrew didnt focus on specific goals, he focused on process; showing up everyday, giving 100% effort, eating as clean as possible, not making excuses, and maintaining accountability to me, and his friends. I have known and trained Andrew for 9 years now and over that time he has lost 185 pounds. He never had a goal to lose 185 pounds, he made a commitment to becoming healthy, and living a lifestyle of health and fitness. He has run 4+ 1/2 marathons now and never made a goal when I met him to do this. He bought into his process of progress. 3 Keys to Keep Focused on Process over Goals: 1. Goals can reduce your daily happiness. When many people are working toward a goal, especially weight loss goals, you can easily find yourself saying I am NOT good enough yet, but once I hit my goal, then I will be. Lets call this the Danger Zone. The problem with this way of thinking is you tend to delay the realization of joy and success until you actually complete your goal. The process becomes a challenge rather than the joy of living a solution. Once I reach my goal, then Ill be happy. Once I achieve my goal, then Ill be successful. DANGER Zone! Solution: Commit to the process of progress, not a goal. Creating a goal potentially places a huge burden on your shoulders. Imagine if Andrews goal was to lose 185 pounds! Good griefDANGER Zone! But we do this to ourselves all the time. We place unnecessary stress on ourselves to lose weight or to succeed in business. Instead, you can keep things simple and reduce stress by focusing on the daily process and sticking to your schedule (process), rather than worrying about the big, larger than life goals. When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and continually improve at the same time. 2. Goals can be at odds with long-term progress. You might think your goal will keep you motivated over the long-term, but thats not always true. Lets consider our weight loss example again. Many people that are trying to lose weight will do it through 90 Challenges, Biggest Loser Programs at work, or different social media interactive programs. Usually, not always, but usually the weight loss goals over 90 days are extreme, if not unrealistic, therefore the focus on a number goal becomes frustrating and counter motivating. The flip side of this can be you accomplish your set 90 goal and have absolutely no plans for day 91! When all of your hard work is focused on a particular goal, what is left to push you forward after you achieve it? Especially if you havent planned day 91 beginning ON day 1. This can create a type of yo-yo effect where people go back and forth from working on a goal to not working on one. This type of cycle makes it difficult to build upon your progress for the long-term. This also tends to reinforce the failure response of this never works for me line of thinking and makes it easy to continually give in and quit, or at best be stressed and frustrated continually. SOLUTION: DROP the need for gotta have it now. How many people in a weight loss challenge will push themselves to hard, and to far, simply because they committed to a number goal on a scale? They end up with minor, to at times, serious injuries and then set backs simply because they were so goal driven and not process livin. In a situation like the one above, a goal-based mentality will tell you to finish the workout and reach your goal. After all, if you set a goal and you dont reach it, then you feel like a failure. DANGER Zone correct? But with a process-based mentality, you will have no trouble moving on or stopping when you need to stop. Process-based thinking is never about hitting a particular number, its about sticking to the process and not missing workouts. Of course, we know that if we never miss a workout, then we will lift heavier weights, burn more fat, and lean up in the long-run. And thats why process or a system is more valuable than goals. Goals are about the short-term result. Systems and process is about the long-term process. In the end, process always wins. The Process of Progress! 3. Goals suggest that you can control things that you have no control over. So you can predict future events? No, I didnt think so. But every time we set a goal, we try to do it dont we? We try to plan out where we will be and when we will make it there. We try to predict how quickly we can make progress, even though we have no idea what circumstances or situations will arise along the way. Life will always get in the way of your goals, always. SOLUTION: Creating feedback loops. Feedback loops are important for building good process system because they allow you to keep track of many different pieces without feeling the pressure to predict what is going to happen with everything. Forget about predicting the future and build a process system that can signal when you need to make adjustments. If you are in the process of losing weight what feedback is crucial to keeping you on track? Many would say bodyweight, so begin there, getting on the scale ONCE per week is fine. How about including body composition too, your muscle to fat ratio, and how your close fit, your energy level, how well you sleep, and how you feel when you wake up. All of these feedback loops help keep you focused without goals. However the information that this feedback provides is extremely valuable to creating a healthy and fit lifestyle isnt it? Fall in Love with the Process of Progress None of this is to say that goals are useless. However, I believe that goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress. Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed process system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is the difference maker.
Written by Carter Hays.
Posted on August 12, 2017 by SpeakerMatch Speakers Bureau