Do you know how to set little goals to help you achieve your big-scale goals?
Sometimes it’s easy to jump on the ‘goal-train' and that’s great! Setting goals is motivating and so important for moving forward and living life to the fullest.
Not every goal has to be a big bucket list item. There are all sorts of goals in life, big and small. Some goals are more helpful than others, while some might actually overwhelm and hinder you because they’re just too broad or too far outside of your current lifestyle. Those big goals need little goals to help you get there.
You can categorize your goals in two ways: process goals and performance.
Process goals are goals that engage you in an every day habit, routine, or practice. A good example of a process goal is "I’m going to go grocery shopping every Tuesday" or “I will take 10 minutes every day to plan and organize my calendar" or “I will do 30 minutes of exercise 3 days a week.” These are small, specific, small-scale, process goals that are tangible and achievable in the immediate future and on an ongoing basis.
Performance goals are all about hitting a benchmark. They are qualified by specific numbers like "I will lose 5 pounds” or more specifically “I will lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks" or "I will be strong enough to do a chin up by the end of the month." These goals are not immediately achievable. They are process goals that you’ll need to follow in order to reach those performance goals.
It’s important to set both process and performance goals. Your performance goals can be big or small, but they will always be better achieved by setting small process goals that will help you get there. In order to hit your benchmark, you’re going to need to implement habits and routines that will help you to get there.
That’s why, when you really think about it, process goals are the most helpful and the most important. It’s the process goals that help you to manage the ups and downs of every day life so that you can keep your larger goals in perspective. Sure, there’s talent, but really almost no one ever improves at anything without a solid process. Yes there’s “talent” but there’s hard work that has to go with it.
What are your big performance goals and what are the process goals that will help you to get there?
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions thus decreasing stress. Find out more at StephanieKatherine.com
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions in order to decrease stress.