Process trumps outcomes, every time.
The secret is this - if you consistently do your best every day, instead of obsessing about the outcome, you will get the results you're looking for.
Being process orientated means doing your best work without focusing on the outcome. It's having a bullet-proof plan - something that has a proven success rate.
In other words, you have to design and commit yourself to a process for success where positive outcomes are an inevitable outcome.
Even if your work hits a few rough patches, your process will get you through.
When you’re committed to a process you always win because you’re always doing your best.
How to commit to a process
Outcomes are not so predictable.
Think about how many variables there are (or could be) from your efforts to your desired result. We can never really know or prepare for the inevitable issues that crop up - and that's why having a process in place is so important - in times of high stress you can turn to your process without having to think too much.
If you are completely focused on the results it means whenever you fall short of your goal you are frustrated (often worse). Sometimes the most important lessons we learn are from our "near misses" or failures, as they help us to refine our processes.
So, instead of only giving yourself permission to be happy when you've achieved your desired outcome and celebrate your growth and respect your process.
Processes are what matters.
Your process could be simple tweaks to your daily routine that enhance your output or a complex systematic approach that you've built through experience. Whatever the process, if it works for you then its the key to your long lasting success.!
Vince Lombardi said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.”
The commitment to the process makes all the difference.
In other words, good outcomes follow good processes. Success is not just blind luck.
There are no shortcuts to mastery.
Start to change how you view your work. See your projects, even finished ones, as work-in-progress. This rules out the need to focus on the outcome at the expense of the important process.
Don't forget to routinely review your results. Figure out what is and isn't working in your processes and amend them accordingly.
And always remember, even if your expectations take years to achieve, each step you take towards them is just as important. And, when you commit to a purposeful process, the outcome will inevitably be a positive one.