‘Focus on THE PROCESS and you’ll maximise the outcome you want’.
The process is something many coaches, athletes and consultants focus more on rather than getting fixated on JUST the goal.
Before we jump in let me be clear, Goals are VERY important. Having an outcome you are aiming for gives you direction. However if all we focus on is THE OUTCOME, It can sometimes seem like we’re chasing something that is way way off in the distance.
Our attention could be to far ahead and screwing up us ‘maximising’ what really counts when it comes to us getting the results we want…The here and now.
What’s key is that we focus on the present and what we can control in the NEXT STEP we’re going to take. And this can be anything like;
Your next workout. Your next work presentation. The next meal your going to eat. These are the things you can focus on and CONTROL.
The issue for many people is that they ONLY focus on the outcome they want and miss everything else.
When we set ourselves an outcome that’s only 10% of the picture, it gives us an end point.
What we need next is a plan. A day by day to-do list or better put…A PROCESS.
The process is what we need to do every hour of every day for us to reach the goal/outcome we have set ourselves…The things we CAN control.
The process is what we follow. And if done correctly with the right attention to detail, focus, ability, consistency, grit, positivity and patience then we can have what it takes to reach our goals.
There’s a lot more that goes into this mix than just the goal and its process…However get these right and you’re well on your way.
So lets say you have a clearly defined goal in mind…
NEXT, Start to think about what you need to do to reach your goal.
+ What do you need to learn, what new skills do you need, what new abilities, what technical elements do you need to do, have, know. What knowledge do you need?
+ What coaching or outside support, influence do you need?
+ What’s the time frame for the goal?
+ What bench marks will you put along the way to track progress so you know you’re on track?
+ What contiguity’s will you put in place for when things don’t go to plan or for future challenges you KNOW will come up?
+ And MOST importantly are you passionate about the process?
All of the above need to be serious food for thought when it comes to planning ‘how you’ll reach your goal’. And there’s ONE additional part that slots in here…
Being passionate about what your doing everyday will make your journey sooooo much easier. And this is the key. You being passionate about the process.
ONLY being passionate about the possibilities of you achieving your goal is going to cause you a lot of problems. As people we tend to quickly avoid things we dislike or that make us feel uncomfortable, This is human nature.
So it’s very unlikely that you’re going to follow a plan every day for the foreseeable future if you DON’T enjoy it or aren’t passionate about it.
Take for example something like, losing weight and getting fit. This is something many people struggle with. They love the idea of being in shape…But hate the application of it. They dislike exercise and dieting. They start off well due to motivation or being inspired. But once this wears off and all that’s left are early morning/late night gym sessions, going out running in the rain and eating clean foods whilst you pass on your nightly beer or glass of wine…It’s easy to see why people quit.
Those who see LONG TERM success with their fitness and bodies are those that love the process. They love exercise or at the very least enjoy it. Eating healthy is enjoyable and makes them feel good. Over time they stay consistent with their process and they end up reaching their goals.
And this is true for ANY goal in life.
The idea of the outcome (GOAL) is what motivated and inspires us to START. This surge of motivation pushes us over the hump and gets us going. However as this fades off we need to be left with passion for the daily process…The daily work. If we are then we are much more likely to succeed.
If we aren’t…Then for 99% of us, we’ll probably quit.
The process is king and where we need to find fulfilment, success and happiness. The goal is the cherry on the top.
When you can EVERY day fully submerse yourself into the task at hand with your only aim to maximise the outcome of this ONE task, and do this day after day consistently…
Mixed with your ability, dedication, commitment, hard work and focus with intense passion…
Then will you reach your full potential.
Dare to be Alpha.