• Neil G

Process over outcome, almost EVERY time

I think I’ve mentioned one of my favourite principles before, process over outcome.

Here’s a live example from this week.

I went for a run on Monday morning. Before I set off, I decided that 12km would be a good distance to go for. I’m aiming for a half marathon so I need to get runs in when I can.

After about 10km, my left knee started to stiffen up, it has a tendency to do that. I went on for a little while but stopped around 11km. The pain had not become too bad by that point.

So, that’s the story, but what’s the lesson?

Process before outcome is a MINDSET. It’s a way of thinking. It affects your decision making.

If I had a outcome-orientated mindset, I would have soldiered on and completed the 12km that I set out for. The pain would have been worse, the damage to my knee more severe, and the recovery time longer. Which would have put at risk my training, and jeopardised my end objective of completing the half marathon.

Instead, I remained focused on my process, which is running my training distances regularly to build up to the half marathon. This made it an easy decision to stop early. I’ve no doubt it was the right choice. Today my knee feels fine and I’m ready to go again. My mindset tells me to keep along this path and I will get there.

So, once you’ve set your outcome, keep your focus on the process, ensure you are moving in the right direction. It will help you to make the right decisions when the time comes. And ultimately you will achieve your desired outcome. Almost every time.

Do you have a similar story? I’d love to hear about it below.


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