Goal vs The Process

“If the number becomes the target, you lose sight of the bigger picture.” – Atomic Habits, James Clear

Goal vs The Process.

The best way I can sum this up is something Sadhguru said.

An Indian man asked him how they can beat Pakistan in cricket. His response was that they shouldn’t try to beat Pakistan. Instead, if they want to win, they should focus on hitting the ball.

Everyone wants to win, yet not everyone does.

Most people are so focused on the scoreboard, they forget to play the game.

Having a goal is not the determining factor of achieving it. That’s where we come to the process.

A goal merely serves as a direction.

But what is it you do? What does your process look like? Are you training hard? Are practising your writing/drawing/painting/piano/programming/photography/talking etc. skills?

Fall in love with the process. Learn to love the grind. The process can be slow and messy. It takes time and patience.

“You must become process-oriented, not goal-oriented. If you are devoted to the process the goal will happen.” – Sadhguru


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  1. How did I miss this! This is so true! I don’t set goals. I set intentions! I am a process person too. Being a teacher for children for so many years I learned about enjoying the process by observing how they learn and live life. How did we loose sight of that! Thanks for the validation!


  2. Patience and the appreciation of the learning process is key here – we usually concentrate on the outcome only in a way that we forget how important the learning process is: the baby steps we take, the trial and error, the “bloody sweat” and its sweet prize (the accomplisment) for the continuous progress we make – these make the journey worthwhile. ❤️

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    1. You’re absolutely right. It is the small steps we take every day that will eventually take us to where we want to go. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and then another and another. It’s those baby steps you talk about.
      We spend more time walking the mountain than standing at the top celebrating our victory and enjoying the view, that’s why it’s so important to enjoy the process.

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