Focus on the process, not the product.
In this coaching article, we're going to look more at the process of change. Making change is a skill. A skill you can practice. And improve.
And if you want to make big changes, you have to take small, consistent daily actions.
In fact, your behaviours are the only things you can control. So, make those your goal.
Behaviours vs. Outcomes
The world is pretty uncontrollable. Life happens.
• If you want to sell your house for a good price, you can renovate it and give it a fresh coat of paint. But you can’t control the real estate market.
• If you want to play a few rounds of golf, you can buy some pricey clubs and get decked out in your dapper best duds. But you can't control the weather.
You can’t make your body lose 20 pounds of fat, gain 20 pounds of muscle, heal from an injury, and/or improve your cholesterol numbers on command... or on a specific timeline.
In other words, you can’t control the outcome. But you can control the behaviours that lead to the outcome you want.
Outcomes are WHAT you want. But outcomes don't tell you what to do.
Behaviours are HOW you'll get there. Behaviour goals give you an action plan.
Set Behaviour Goals So instead of setting “outcome goals”, set “behaviour goals”.
Here are a few examples showing the difference, just so you get the picture: