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Outcome Goals and Process Goals: You Need Both
Posted By Ron On October 28, 2010 @ 8:00 AM In Goals,Tips & Techniques | Comments Disabled
Understanding how to set goals helps you achieve them. Stated another way, the right goals, pursued in the right way, leads to positive actions.
Outcome goals are big. They’re the “I want to get better at X” or “I want to lose weight” type of goal. An outcome goal is the end result of what you want. It’s the big picture goal. While it’s critical to more adequately define the exact outcome you desire, you can achieve an outcome goal without the exacting detail demanded by most goal gurus. How? By setting a “process goal.”
Process goals are the daily mini-achievements that help you move toward your outcome goal. They are the goals that you absolutely CAN control, that you can guarantee reaching. These smaller goals are the building blocks of your outcome goals and they DO need specifics. The more specific, the better. You may have to hit several process goals to achieve your outcome goal. Here’s how these two goals work:
Outcome goal: lose 25 pounds this year.
Outcome goal: pay off my credit card  and one student loan this year
Outcome goal: become better linked and networked
Outcome goal: get 10 new customers each month
Outcome goal: find a new job and get hired
If you don’t develop your process goals, hitting your outcome goal becomes a matter of fate or fortune. The reason those process goals are important is that you never want to assume that you’ll always be in the same motivated  state of mind, that you’ll always be on a goal high, that you’ll always remember why that outcome goal is important.
Process goals let you sneak up on and ambush your outcome goals. Set them right, work on them every day with purpose, and you’ll hit that outcome goal.
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