Do you set goals or do you set outcomes?
When I ask what someone’s goal is, they usually answer with what they want an outcome to be. For example, let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds. Losing 50 pounds is not a goal, it is an outcome.
In order to achieve your outcome, you will need to set multiple goals that will build towards your desired outcome. Your goals need to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Relevant, Attainable, and Timely) goals.
In order for you to lose 50 pounds, your first goal may be around creating a suitable meal plan to follow. Your second goal may encompass your workout plan and schedule. It's the combination of all of these smaller more specific goals that are going to determine your success. As you begin knocking them off, you will start to feel more motivated and like you are actually moving forward.
Charting your path strategically towards your outcomes with smart goals is the only way to achieve the success you are looking for.