Goals and Processes
At the end of last year, I talked about setting goals for the upcoming year. Remember, I asked you to write a letter to be read at year-end that reflects the goals and accomplishments you attained this year, 2023. "How will it end?" was the title.The letter was to be written as though the year was complete and you were summarizing your successes. Now is a great time to dig it out and see where you stand.
Oops, are you like most who did not get around to it? Well, that's what happens when we set something out into the future and don't feel the pressure initially. [Blind Spot]
I think this is a great time to examine the relationship between goals and processes.
Goals and processes are two interrelated aspects of achieving success, but they serve different purposes and play different roles in the overall journey.
Let's explore each of them:
Goals are specific targets or objectives that you set to accomplish within a particular time-frame. They provide direction and a clear sense of purpose. Goals help you define what you want to achieve and act as a roadmap for your actions. They can be short-term or long-term, and they should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). Goals provide a sense of focus and motivation, helping you stay on track and measure your progress.
Process refers to the steps, actions, and strategies you undertake to achieve your goals. It is the method or approach you follow to reach your desired outcomes. The process involves the day-to-day activities, tasks, and routines necessary to achieve your goals. It includes planning, organizing, executing, monitoring, and adjusting your actions as needed.
While goals provide the destination, the process is the journey that leads you there.
In the post mentioned above, there is a super resource for establishing this principle, it’s called the Weekly Display and you can download it by clicking this link Weekly Display. This form provides the daily tracking process to ensure goals are met.
Goals are essential methods of guiding our lives to success. They are easy to set, appear impressive, and ensure prosperity, at least initially. If we are not diligent, they can become an albatross around our necks if we allow time to outrun our progress.
Processes encompass the actions, strategies, and time-frames to achieve those goals. Both are essential components of success and finding a balance between the two is crucial for sustainable progress and personal fulfillment.
How are you doing on your annual goals? Are they still attainable? How important were they when you established them?
It is not too late.
Watch for the blind spots.
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