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By: Bruce Burke

When embarking on any new endeavor, we too often focus our attention and effort on something we have little control over: the outcome. Instead, we should focus on what we have total control over: the process. This week’s Focus Point discusses how focusing on the process is the best strategy to help you realize your goals.

Defining your “process”.

In order to successfully develop your “process,” you must first have a clear understanding of what it takes to accomplish your goals. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you must ensure that your exercise frequency and nutritional commitments line up with meeting that objective.

Once clear expectations are set, you must whole-heartedly commit to your strategies. The most important part of focusing on the process is consistently taking action!  Your short-term behaviors must line up with your long-term objectives. Measure success one day at a time. If you come up short, assess why and make changes.

So how do you become more process oriented?

To begin, consider the obvious value of this concept and get bought in! Here are a few other suggestions:

  • Do not measure progress based on anything more than having consecutive days, weeks, and months living up to your commitments and standards. Don’t compare your progress to anyone or anything else. Have peace of mind knowing you are doing what it takes to accomplish your goals.
  • Don’t use unrealistic or unsustainable strategies. Fad diets, unrealistic time commitments, and overreliance on someone else are a few examples of strategies that set you up for failure.
  • Be in a constant state of critical analysis. Identify how you can make your processes better by regularly taking inventory of your performance.
  • Participate in a system of accountability with a friend, family member or your trainer.

For this week and moving forward, concentrate your attention and efforts on all of the small things that will lead you to success. Focus on the process and let the results take care of themselves!