Accomplishing Goals

This episode, hotlou and Hot Mike 3 discuss accomplishing goals!  Got something you’ve wanted to do for a while, but not sure where to start or how to do it?  Mike and Lou go into a little detail about where you might begin and how you might manage it.  This episode is the first among what’s expected to be many in a series of managing goal setting and accomplishing.

Accomplishing Goals

Accomplishing Goals

Accomplishing Goals

This isn’t going to be a book about accomplishing goals.  Not yet, at least.  But just a small bit of consideration as you put frameworks around your goals to increase the likelihood that you’ll achieve them.

First, goals don’t reach the existence stage until you define them.  And too many die at the definition stage because of one thing: specificity.  Be specific.  Vagueness will kill your goal before it’s even set.

Too Vague:

  • Lose weight
  • Sell more accounts
  • Be more present

Appropriately specific:

  • Lose 20 pounds by June 1
  • Sell 10 new accounts by end of Q2
  • Turn off my phone when I’m with my friends and family

So, ask yourself, are you current goals specific enough?  Now it’s time to understand what type of goals you’ve set.

Accomplishing Goals: Outcome vs Process

Goals can be broken down into many types or subtypes, but one distinction that the host and co-host of the hotlou show find valuable in accomplishing them is outcome versus process.

They’re a bit self-explanatory, but here are some additional clarifications.

Outcome Goal:  specifically, the end result you’re pursuing.  Examples:

  • Lose 20 pounds by June 1
  • Sell 20 accounts by end of Q2
  • Run a marathon

You’ll notice a theme among most outcome goals and that they generally are not within the creator’s control.  That is to say, some outside factors can heavily influence them:

  • Lose 20 pounds by June 1 — illness could get in the way
  • Sell 20 accounts by end of Q2 — the leads you normally count on could dry up or a recession could hit
  • Run a marathon — injury could completely derail you

So that’s why many people find it useful to start with outcome goals, then deconstruct them into process goals.

Process Goal: a process or activity that you have full control over completing.  Some deconstruction into processes from the goals listed above:

  • Lose 20 pounds by June 1. Process: eat a healthy breakfast and visit the gym every weekday
  • Sell 20 accounts by end of Q2. Process: call 20 leads per day, every day
  • Run a marathon. Process: run 15 miles every week 5 months before the marathon, 30 miles every week 4 months before the marathon, etc., etc.

Hopefully, you can see how the process goals are decisions you make to do things, rather than an end result you hope to accomplish.

Many more shows (and show notes) will tackle these topics in the future.

Tickle Me Yoda Dolls

You’re going to want to check out the replies in the post below for the prophetic comment left by the clairvoyant host of the hotlou show.

Either the awesomest thing. Or, y'know, the opposite : "Our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years."Either way, episode 7 in 2015!

Posted by Louis Abramowski on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Say hello to Baby Yoda Daily

It only stands to reason that the show pursue a new sponsor as it continues to grow.

And with that, please welcome the newest sponsor of the show: Baby Yoda Daily!


Accomplishing Goals: Speaking Klingon

You may or may not have already known this, but the Klingon spoken in multiple Star Trek incarnations is not merely gibberish.  It’s a full-fledged language.

Read all about the Klingon Language on Wikipedia.

And if you want to bear witness to a new language actually being created, check out Minor Adventures with Topher Grace’s episode with Pete Holmes.  And maybe the next accomplished goal in your life can be creating a language of your own.


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