Today I wanted to talk about the difference between outcome based and behaviour based goals.
This distinction is critical in turning your dreams into actions.
The world is pretty uncontrollable. Life happens.
If you want to have a nice picnic, you can pack a basket and blanket and plan your route to the park. But you can’t control the weather.
If you want to lose weight, you can eat well and stay active. But you can’t control your fat cells.
You can’t make your body lose 20 Kilograms on command any more than you can make sure there is perfect weather.
In other words, you can’t control the outcome.
But you can control the behaviors that lead to the outcome you want.
Let’s look at an example to illustrate the point.
An outcome goal could be that you want to lose weight.
You can make that goal SMARTER by saying something like
I want to lose 10 kilograms by 1st of July so that I can perform better at work and play with my kids more comfortably.”
That is what we call a SMART Goal meaning it is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based.
However, something is still missing… We need to solve the problem that even with such goals we often don’t take enough consistent action.
A behaviour goal defines the steps you need to take to achieve that outcome.
For example, a behaviour goal is that you will need to go to gym 3 times a week in order to lose those 10 kilograms by the 1st of July.
The key is to Create Goal Systems.
When you clearly distinguish between outcome goals and behaviour goals you automatically start creating systems that will help you achieve your goals.
Are you a writer? Your goal might be to write a book. Your system is writing for 2 hours 3 times a week.
Are you a runner? Your goal might be to run a marathon. Your system is to run 20-30 kilometers a week for 12 weeks.
So once you have decided on an outcome goal you need to figure out what behaviours you need to do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to help you achieve it.
Then keep breaking down those goals further and further.
The best part about this approach and why it is so powerful is that many people go back to doing nothing once they achieve their outcome goal (such as running a marathon or losing 10 kilograms).
However, if you have focused on behaviour goals and turning them into systems, there is a good chance you will have developed some solid healthy habits along the way.
Going to gym might be as solidly cemented into your Monday morning routine as brushing your teeth is.
Doing meal preparation the night before could be second nature.
You suddenly love waking up early when it’s quiet and peaceful and a healthy breakfast has become a must-do in order to maintain your high level of energy and performance throughout the day.
Write down 2-3 outcome goals you want to achieve this year.
Then break them down into the behavior goals you will need to do consistently to achieve your goal.
Track and pursue your behaviours as you set them out.
See you tomorrow!