Outcomes are incredibly important, and easy to focus on when we have goals and milestones to reach and we only think of the final result. However it is important to keep in mind that there is more to success than simply completing goals, acquiring targets and not paying attention to the processes used to get these tasks done. Once you begin to focus more on the processes, skills and techniques involved rather than the desired outcome you will learn faster, work more efficiently, be more successful and probably be happier at the outcome. Here are five prime reasons why these people who focus on the process involved gain more in life, and why you should too.
They Cope With Mistakes
No one is perfect, and we all make mistakes. What is important however is learning from our mistakes, and using them as a way to grow and improve in life. If you are solely focusing on the final outcome, then you might not be willing to experiment and take risks that could actually result in a better outcome than you were aiming for.
Life is more about the journey than the destination, and success is no different. If you are only constantly looking forward to the desired goals and outcomes, then you don’t take the time to enjoy the process and to use it to the best of your ability. Once you are excited about the process you will also find that you want to experiment more often and take more opportunities to gain more experience. If you’re all about the destination, then take a flight.
Delivering results and working with deadlines can be a very stressful experience. This can lead to a rushed job, and the willingness to take shortcuts so as to have a final outcome. If you concentrate on the process however, you will find yourself less prone to distractions and external factors and therefore there will be less pressure. You are simply learning and trying to do the task to the best of your abilities, as opposed to concentrating on delivering a final product.
They Are In Charge
If you put more emphasis on the process as opposed to results, you will also find that you are more in control of the situation. Focusing on results immediately puts many other factors in control, most of them working against you. Time, health, rivals and competition. Concentrate on the current process and you will find your self esteem and confidence at an all time high due to the element of control, leading to motivation and ultimately better results and a happier life.
Here is the final, and potentially the most important reason to follow in the footsteps of others and focus on the process as opposed to the result. They gain happiness by living through the process. They enjoyed the ride and rolled with the punches, even if sometimes things didn’t go exactly as planned. Alternatively if your mind is set on the conclusion, then you are prone to feeling frustrated and down whenever things don’t go as they predicted. Don’t associate happiness with results, but rather with the process of gaining these results, and you will lead a much happier and more fulfilling life.