I’m going to help you create a clear vision, and improve your ability to focus on what matters. What you think about, is frequently what you give your attention and energy to. Let’s make sure you’re focusing on the types of goals that will set you up for success.
See, most people get to the gym and begin talking about the TIME, PLACEMENT or SCORE they want to achieve. The conversation is all about the outcome. Their thoughts are all about the score, placement, time, or number they want to achieve. This is NOT the strongest approach. I’m going to help you understand why, and what you can do better.
3 Types Of Goals
I’ll help you understand the difference between outcome goals, performance goals and process goals. You’re going to learn exactly what to focus on so that you can get the most out of your training.
Outcome Goals: These goals are results-driven, plain and simple. They are about the outcomes of what you’d like to achieve. Just know, you can’t fully control if these goals happen.
“I want to make it to States or Sanctionals”
“I want to finish top 100 in The World”
“I want to be Scott’s time in today’s training”
Performance Goals: These goals are specific objectives that are usually measurable. Performance Goals are about achieving certain levels of performance, independent of others. They are usually based on comparisons with your previous performances. Sometimes you can control aspects of these goals, and sometimes you can’t.
“I want to improve my 3 rep max squat by 25lbs”
“I want to take 30 seconds off my mile time”
“ I want to increase my score from last year by 20 reps”
Process Goals: These goals are specific to your sport and are focused on your form, fundamentals, strategies and technique. Process Goals focus on actions you must take to properly execute the movements during training or competitions. You can control all of these. Focusing on process goals is the BEST way to get the most out of yourself.
“I will go unbroken on my set”
“I will rest 5 seconds between my sets”
“I will jump up and step down each box jump, refining my footwork”
- If your training for the day includes sprint work, burpees and back squats at a heavy weight, what would one of your process goals be? Consider how you would attack that work. What you would focus on to move better and quicker?
Key Takeaway: Before your WODs, create a couple of process goals for the specific workout you’re about to do. Think about what you want to focus on to move more efficiently, or what strategy is best for you. Think about what you’re going to do to improve your movement and effort for the work that you have right in front of you. Don’t get caught up in the OUTCOME you want, but consider HOW you’re going to get the outcome you want.