Everyone knows what a goal is, but when you dig a little deeper you see there are two types of goals. Action goals and result goals.
Result goals are normally the big thing you want to accomplish like lose weight, build a shed, or get good grades. If you accomplish those goals, you feel great and walk around with your chest out and shoulders back like the proud person you are. The way you approach any result goal is through a series of smaller action goals. These are the goals that ultimately lead to your success.
Result goals answer the question “where are we going?” while action goals answers the questions “how do we get there?”.
Using myself as an example, in early 2020 I realized I needed to become more healthy and established the result goal of Lose Weight. Because goals need to be specific, challenging, and have a timeline my thought out goal was: lose 15 lbs in 90 days. Adding those details ticked off all the boxes of making my goal a good goal. Then to add a little accountability I told my wife and made a social media post. There was no going back.
We can agree the goal of losing weight is generally vague with no clear starting point. That’s where the action goals kicked in. After using the power of the internet, to see what others before me have done, l learned to lose the weight I wanted to lose in the time I wanted to lose it, I needed to:
- Exercise daily with my heart rate in the triple digits for a prolonged period of time
- Make healthier eating decisions
- Stop eating 3 hours before bed
I had my roadmap, now I had to do the hard part and follow it.