Different kinds of goals help us achieve them

On a coaching call this morning I was reminded again of the distinction between outcome goals i.e. I will have refurbished the whole house by December 2010 and process goals i.e. I need to hire a skip to fill with rubbish, by June 25th, I will hire an interior decorator to give me advice on colours by July 6th. Often we give up on goals if they're all outcome goals because if we haven't broken each outcome goal into a number of separate process goals, we can wonder why goal achievement seems so difficult…and we may abandon the idea all together. So, process goals are about the doing and they are the things we have most control over. Outcome goals are about what we want to have and it's good to have them. The fewer goals we have, the more chance we have of success.