Why You Should Break Up Your Result Goals Into Process Goals – Part 1

When you set a goal, you have a specific result you wish to achieve: you want to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year; you want to write a book and release it before Christmas; you want to increase your business sales by 30% in the next three years. These are targets (result goals) you set for yourself; they describe the result you wish to achieve.

Result goals are the starting point of your goal-setting system. However, you don’t have to stop there. You can break up your result goals into process goals.

Process Goals

To understand what I mean by a process goal, let’s take an example. Say we’re January 1st, and you want to write a 60,000 book by the end of the year: you have 365 days to write your book. Writing the book is your target (the result you aim to achieve).

A process goal would be, for example, committing to writing 500 words per day—every day. This is a process goal because it defines the process you’ll need to go through to reach your desired result: writing a 60,000-word book.

If you achieve your process goal by writing 500 words per day, then you’re sure to attain your target. Thus, if you keep your focus on your process goal, your result goal will take care of itself. In fact, at 500 words per day, you would reach the 60,000 words mark in about four months (120 days). Now, even if you factor in the time you’ll need to edit your book, you should still be able to reach your result goal by the end of the year.

A process is a series of actions to achieve a result. Based on this definition, you can understand that you affect your result by managing your actions (i.e., by following the process. Therefore, by reaching your process goals, you influence the likelihood of achieving your result goal.

Let’s take another example. Say we’re January 1st, and you want to buy a new home by the end of the year, and you need to save $20,000 for your down payment. It would mean that you would have to set a process goal of saving $400 per paycheck if you get paid every week.

If you’re able to maintain the process goal throughout the year, you’re sure to achieve your result goal of saving $20,000. In fact, you’ll reach your goal in 50 weeks.

The takeaway is this: when you set a big goal for yourself, examine the possibility of breaking it up into a process goal(s). It will chop the “elephant” goal into bite-size sub-goals so that it would be easier to “eat up.” All you have to do is remain consistent in achieving your process goal(s). In fact, consistency gives process goals their power: process goals outline the actions you must repeat regularly to reach your desired result.

To help you achieve your result goals, get into the habit of breaking them up into process goals.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.