Let’s talk process.
If you read Monday’s blog then you already know that I’m a big fan of process. I follow a process for just about everything from the way I speak, to the way I conduct meetings to the way I write because as I wrote on Monday, Process Wins. Taking this one step further, though, when it comes to goal setting, there’s pure power in process.
Here’s what I mean.
We’ve all learned to set goals by now and most of us actually have them. In just about all cases, the goals we set for ourselves are outcome goals. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love outcome goals, but they can be pretty demoralizing sometimes. Especially if your goals depend on other people in order to reach them. I think about my son and his show steer. He needs the judge’s opinion to achieve his goal of being Grand Champion. If that’s his only goal, he’s going to fail more often than he succeeds.
It actually happened to me. In 2015, I desperately wanted to compete and win the Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking contest. It was my big outcome goal and I worked hard to develop a plan to make this happen. My plan included things like hiring a coach, practicing my speech every day, finding a certain number of audiences every week to present to and a writing schedule. As you might guess, I didn’t win the contest, but I did work every action step of my plan.
Although I didn’t know it at the time, I was using process goals to support my outcome goal and something pretty magical happened. No, I didn’t win the contest, but do you think I became a better presenter working with a coach? Of course, I did. I also became a more disciplined writer from keeping my daily schedule. I learned how to keep disinterested audiences engaged and made some really big breakthroughs with the way I use my voice and body language. I didn’t attain my outcome goal, but my having and working process goals, I actually won by losing because it put me in a position to do what I’m doing now.
This is a power of process. It’s why process wins. We’re about to enter the second half of 2018 and I’m confident that most of us still have big goals left to accomplish. my question is, do you have process goals set to support your outcome goals? If not, now is a great time to start. Ask yourself what can you do every day to make the big goal possible because when you do, you put the power of process to work in your favor.