How To Understand The Difference Between Goals And Outcomes!
The root of all goals and resultant outcomes is a desired change. However, in my work with clients, I often sense their misconception as to what goals are and what outcomes are. They think that the two are identical and not separate entities.
The truth is that the journey to achievement starts with a goal and finishes with a desired outcome. It is important to have clarity about each of these, as one of them represents a beginning step and the other represents a final result.
Here are the two main differences between goals and desired outcomes:
• Goals are part of an umbrella spectrum, while outcomes are specific and precise.
• Goals are generally not measurable, while outcomes are observable and measurable.
Let’s explore these differences a little deeper and discover a powerful secret to differentiate the two and use them to help you succeed in life.
Overcoming Your Fear Of Change
There's always an important reason behind your decision to choose a goal that will enhance your life. It's that important reason that will keep you moving forward to overcome all obstacles as you progress toward your desired outcome.
As Elon Musk said, "When you are not progressing, you are regressing.” So, in order to progress, you need to have your “important reason” firmly planted in your mind. If you don’t, you'll likely lose focus and regress.
For example, imagine that you have been working at the same company for 10 years, during the most recent of which you've been head of the financial department. You've had three promotions, landed a corner office and now manage a team of several reports. However, your job satisfaction is impaired by your strong dislike of working with the enormous number of spreadsheets and analyses required for seemingly endless board meetings.
You remember that although at one time you used to like doing these things, now you're bored, disengaged and see no alignment between your values and those of the company.
You realize that what you really like is collaborating with people and inspiring them to live up to their potential. You find this part of the job extremely rewarding. You think, “If I could just do that every day, I would be a lot happier!” But you've been procrastinating about making any changes.
Procrastination is a symptom of fear. It's time for you to face that fear and create a plan to accomplish what you want in life, rather than putting off changes you probably already know are necessary.
To shed a little more light on the matter, here are three questions to ask yourself:
1. What do I fear? Maybe it's losing your job and not finding a better one.
2. Why do I want to overcome this fear? Maybe you want a happier professional life for yourself or to make a difference in other people’s lives.
3. How can I overcome this fear? You need a specific plan, a strong motivation to feel fulfilled in your career, and a focus on desired success rather than failure.
Now that you've examined the fear behind your procrastination, you have one of two ways to go: