Be attached to process, not outcomes.

Back in January, to start the year, I wrote about setting goals not resolutions. As we approach halfway through this one (already?!) it’s a great time to reflect on how far we have come and reassess what is still ahead. 

A veteran teach I worked with earlier shared with me this analogy I’m going to reference…

Consider life a road trip, with goals as destinations, but also remember to pull over once and a while to take pictures, get closer to certain views, and to make sure the car is working.

The moments building up to and leading to the goals are part of the  process. If we drive straight ahead to the destination without charging our batteries, filling our tanks, checking the tire pressure, the analogy can go on and on… And, the truth is, we fundamentally improve the experience by ever so slightly shifting our focus. 

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I still continue to learn and shift my focus; I am still on my own journey, with full recognition that when I get “there,” there will be somewhere else next I will want to explore. So, do not be attached to the outcome of a promotion, of a relationship, of a weekend as if everything will be better if that happens; that is destination trap.

Remember, we settle to levels systems, our habits, and our processes… because they are what allow us to achieve our goals and outcomes. 

So, I leave you with these questions:

  • What did you set out to accomplish this year?
  • Where are you in your pursuit of your goals?
  • What habits and processes could you revisit and refine as you look ahead at the second half of this year?
  • And, what is an area of growth you’re most proud of looking back at these last six months?
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