Only 8% of us keep our New Year’s resolutions. Strangely, focusing on the final outcome is a key reason why so many fail.
“So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.” Galatians 6:9
Too many resolutions emphasize results, over the process that create them:
Lose 20 lbs.
Eat smaller meals.
Save 3% of my paycheck.
Get my degree
Enroll in a class
Process is now
The difference between focusing on process instead of goals is that process is something you do today. Process is NOW!
Today’s small step is a micro-goal that serves the bigger goal. A win within a micro-goal is part of an overall victory. This makes every day as important as the day you achieve your resolution. Why wait? Win today and you win the future.
Process achieves goals
Eating less on Monday might not show up on your scale Tuesday morning. Eating smaller meals all week will move the needle. Eating smaller portions of healthy food every day will transform your life.
A process resolution is simply a series of complimentary micro-goals that build on one another to accomplish your main goal. Designing a process that ends in a permanent improvement lets the resolution come to you.
Process needs tweaking
Success raises the bar. What works at the start of a resolution doesn’t always continue to work. When you exercise, your body becomes stronger and is less challenged. You’ll need to adjust your program.
Adjusting your process keeps you engaged and moving forward. It also integrates your resolution into your lifestyle, which leads to permanent change.
Making process your resolution is making change your resolution.
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