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Focus on Progress to Create Lifetime Change

The point of a goal is not to create a momentary-change, the point of a goal is to create and sustain a lifetime-change.

The point is not “to make it” or “arrive” at an outcome, the point is to progress throughout. We don’t grow and expand the moment we reach the result, we grow and expand in the process of working toward the result we want.

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The Traditional Approach: Outcome-Based Goals

The traditional approach to goal-setting is measured by one thing: the outcome. 

This goal-setting approach is problematic for three reasons:

  1. It attaches our self-worth to the outcome of our goal: If we accomplish our goal, we see ourselves as successful; if we don’t, we see ourselves as failures.
  2. It cultivates a harmful “if-then” happiness contingency mindset that removes you from the present and fixates you onto a time in the future. 
  3. It provides no system for measuring progress as you work toward your goal, thus falsely packaging the outcome as the sole measurement of progress

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The GAP (growth, awareness, progress) approach focuses on three pillars:

  1. Growth by Consistency (your inputs). Growth happens through a series of small and consistent incremental steps, not monumental overnight strides. 
  2. Awareness by Metacognition (your outputs). The objective is to stay aware of your output and reflect on whether you’re implementing the most effective strategies that’ll help you achieve your goals. This places extra emphasis on the process and your learning loops.
  3. Progress by Tracking (your logs). This third pillar is an extension of the first two. By tracking your inputs (placing an X on your 
habit tracker

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  1. Be Your Own Therapist And Shrink Yourself. Ask yourself why do you really want this goal and what feeling do you hope to get from achieving it.
  2. The Big Picture, Middle Picture, And Small Picture. Know the ultimate goal, the middle steps, and the micro steps needed each day.
  3. Plan Like A Quitter. Plan the method through which you will stay accountable and in touch with your goals throughout the year, knowing there will be inevitable challenges.

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  • Step #1: Take Your Emotional Temperature, around the most important areas of your life.
  • Step #2: The Neurology of Ownership: When we take ownership of something–an item, an idea or a goal–we are more committed to it.
  • Step #3: Outcome + Process: Most people set an intention or an ideal outcome and try working toward it, but that gets you only halfway there. You have to pick an outcome and a process.
  • Step #4: Identify Blockers: When we first set our goals we are super optimistic and filled with hope–and that’s great. One thing that happens, however, is we fail to identify possible blockers.

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