Process > Outcome
Lately, many of my conversations with clients have centered around the theme of planning and preparing for 2023. The natural ebb and flow of training allows a bit of a natural rest period towards the end of the year, providing an opportunity to consider what goals will serve as a springboard to achieve outcomes in the weeks, months, and year to come.
Much of the conversations have been encouraging a consideration of “process” goals vs. “outcome” goals. At first glance, you might think this is an exercise in semantics. However, it is more of an ‘order of operations’ concept. It is darn near impossible to accomplish an ambitious goal (e.g. BQ, world-champs qualifications…) without having rightly examined the necessary steps for achievement. If you don’t spend time laying a proper foundation of consistency, adaptability, and recovery you’re unlikely to achieve the desired outcome. After all, good BBQ isn't made in the microwave... there is no hack or 'short cut' process. It takes intention, planning and patience!
And while a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely the solution…addition by subtraction is a great place to start. How so?
Or as Kipchoge would say, ensure you are taking a daily dose of Vitamin N (i.e. the ability to say “no” more often).
The result of goal setting is the ability to establish what your highest priorities are, and in doing so… you’ve also identified what is less of a priority (addition by substraction), enabling you to unapologetically say “no” to lower priorities. “The enemy of the best is often the good.” (Steven Covey)
As you look to 2023 consider what processes are in need of development and refinement, and if possible, partner with like-minded individuals who can help you achieve your goals. Having a sense of community is often a strong buffer to burnout and fatigue.
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Joel Sattgast is a physical therapist, performance coach, assistant professor of physical therapy, a Dad, husband, and an athlete. All posts are related to evidence, opinions and thoughts regarding various performance and rehabilitation topics.