Hey there! Are you one of those people who’s always setting big, ambitious goals, only to abandon them a few weeks later? Yeah, I’ve been there too. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new goal journal or planner, filling it with lofty objectives. But real change doesn’t happen overnight.
Here’s the thing – those goals focused on specific outcomes or achievements often don’t lead to lasting change. Because once you cross the finish line, it’s tempting to go back to your old habits.
The Power of Process Goals
What we need instead are process goals. These are goals focused not on single achievements but on the journey – building healthy habits and lifestyles that stick with us for the long haul.
Process goals are about committing to certain behaviors that will gradually help you become the person you want to be. Instead of saying “I want to lose 30 lbs”, try “I want to become a healthier person.” See the difference? It’s a shift from a temporary state to a permanent change in lifestyle.
Tips for Setting Process Goals
If you want to give process goals a try, here are a few tips:
First, envision the person you want to become. How do they live? What daily habits do they have? Focus on the lifestyle rather than just the outcome.
Next, look back at past attempts at change. What tripped you up before? Identify potential obstacles so you can plan for how to handle them.
Finally, devise a process-focused plan. What needs to change day-to-day for you to become who you envision? Maybe it’s reading more or setting aside time for healthy hobbies. Start small and build momentum.
To stay motivated, be patient, take rests when needed, and revise your plan based on experience. With balance and commitment, process goals can lead to powerful transformation.
So next time you’re goal-setting, consider focusing less on the outcome and more on the journey. You don’t have to achieve it all today. With process goals, step-by-step, you’ll get to where you want to be – and stay there.