The Outcome Fallacy: Why Process Goals Lead to Extraordinary Results

Committing to a sustainable process makes a huge difference in your expected outcome

Society rewards people who achieve conventional goals.

In our goal-oriented world, people are encouraged to focus on finite goals, outcomes and results, with little regard for the process to achieve goals.

The irony of success is that if you pay enough attention to the process, real progress or a better output is inevitable.

The outcome is not always in our control.

The problem with outcome goals is that you can quickly lose confidence if you don’t hit your target. Many people believe that they will be happy once they reach or arrive at a specific goal.

Their life satisfaction is hugely dependent on achieving their goals. But according to happiness experts, achieving goals doesn’t guarantee happiness: it can even lead to depression and toxic emotions.

One of the most important aspects of any endeavour is the journey.

Focusing on your process rather than results can help you navigate challenging times and grow as an individual. It can also help you find more fulfilment and enjoyment in your tasks.

James Clear explains, “Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.”

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