Focus on The Journey not the Destination: The only two basic actions when it comes to reaching your goals are the lead and lag actions. A lag action is an action of the end result. For most people, they set their goals based on the lag action.
- To lose or gain weight
- To make a billions of dollars
- To establish a successful business
The above are the examples are of lag actions. The problem is that the majority of people tend to set their goals according to the lag actions and these lag actions are the targets that they cannot do something on or influence.
On the other hand, the lead action is totally dissimilar as it is something that you can act upon. It is something that one can influence and can actually do in daily life. Here are some examples:
- To exercise for an hour a day
- To read 1 page per day
- To think of one problem solving idea every day
Lead actions are the things that are actionable. And when you act on them, you directly move the lag action and indirectly get closer to the motives you were looking for. For example, if your goal is to get 6 pack abs in 3 months, you are focusing on the lag measure.
In order to achieve this goal, you must shift your concentration from the lag action to the lead action and should start working out on your upper, middle and lower abs simultaneously. If you exercise every day for 30 minutes and keep track on your eating habits eventually, you will lose excess fat, and you will reach your goal.
The lead action (workout session in this example) is something that you can carry out, control and something you can actually do. This is why you should focus on the lead actions of your goals rather than focusing on the goals themselves. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Give your hundred percent to the journey and it will surely lead you to the beautiful destination. If you want to influence the results you get, you must work on your present. You must work on it every single day.
“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination, so focus on the journey and the destination itself will be achieved”– Drake
How to Recognize Your Lead Actions
However it is not that easy to identify your lead measures and sometimes, they can be too plain to grab your interest. Take gaining weight as an example, the number of hours you put into workout in the gym and your calorie intake (calorie surplus) per day are the two major lead measures, but most people do not focus on them because they sound too simple and uncomplicated.
The best way to identify your lead measure is to think about “What are the factors that are going to influence my goals?” Simply put the factors into action and you will surely get closer to your goals.
Focus on The Journey not the Destination
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