Hitting your goal can be a tricky thing.
Just ask England striker Harry Kane.
For those who don’t know, Harry (or ‘arry as we call him back home) missed a penalty in England’s recent world cup semi-final game.
And so we lost the match and went home sans trophy.
Harry is widely considered one of the finest strikers in the game. A veritable assassin in the penalty box.
But even the greats miss sometimes.
In baseball, a hall of famer will miss 60% of the swings they take.
The best in the world won’t always hit their target, and neither will you.
But they become the best in the world by controlling the one thing they can always influence.
What I mean by process is the things you do consistently that move you closer to your ultimate goal.
You can’t always control the outcome, but you can always control the process.
The truth is that you might not be able to lose 30 pounds within the next six months.
Or hit that 2.5 X bodyweight deadlift by the end of the year.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way.
Regardless of what books like The Secret may promise you.
You can’t just “wish” your way to success; you have to do the work.
Outcome goals are all about what you want.
Process goals are about what you’re going to do to get it.
And the evidence is clear: to stack the deck in your favor; you need both.
Hopefully, you read part one of this goal-setting series, where we discussed outcome goals and the first steps.
If not, you can click here to do so.
The next thing to do is to figure out what specific daily, weekly and monthly actions to take to move you toward your main goal.
What is your process going to look like?
For fat loss, it might be:
Go to bed an hour earlier.
Take a 20-minute walk after each meal.
Eat 500 fewer calories than you burn and eat 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight every day (and track it)
And do three 45-minute strength training workouts a week. (Mon/Weds/Fri)
The more specific you can be, the better.
What are you going to do, and when are you going to do it?
Write it down and put it somewhere you’ll see every day.
Follow these types of goals for long enough, and you’ll be amazed at what can happen.
Does it guarantee you’ll lose a specific amount of weight within a particular time?
Harry Kanes years of practice didn’t guarantee he would score 100% of the time. But it got him far enough to have that shot.
And I can promise you if you set the proper process goals (4 – 6 of ’em is usually enough).
Then follow them diligently for long enough you’ll crush just about any goal this side of winning the world cup final.